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Illinois Town Ends Fees And Licenses For Amusement And Vending Machines

Posted On: 6/27/2011

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NAPERVILLE, IL -- In an action that is considerably more rare than a Sacajawea dollar coin, the City Council here voted unanimously on June 22 to eliminate all fees and license requirements for businesses with coin-operated games and vending machines. | SEE STORY

The council also decided to forgo increasing fees on poolrooms and establishing brand-new fees on self-service movie and videogame rental kiosks, namely Redbox vending machines.

The combined decisions will cost the city nearly $45,000 in tax and license fees next year. But one councilmember said the only reason for the fees was "pure revenue generation."

City records specialist Lynn Zilinsky said, "I've researched back to 1926, and I could not come up with a reason as to why this ordinance was put into place."

The city manager said killing the fees would actually save time and money for officials who don't have to process and enforce the licenses.

Industry members have reason to be gratified by the city's new policy. But few amusement and vending professionals are believed to anticipate the Naperville precedent will become a national trend any time soon.