Some Rural Governments Betting on 8-Liner Revenue 9/9/12
September 9, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Some South Texas governments are reaping a revenue bonanza from fees charged on game-room machines.
The Austin American-Statesman reports Duval County has collected just under $600,000 so far this year from the "eight-liner" game machines in its game rooms, about a quarter of it in cash. That's about 9 percent of the county's $7 million yearly budget.
That may be just the beginning as a huge new game room offering hundreds of eight-liners opened over Labor Day weekend near San Diego, the county seat.
The machines are illegal, but the American-Statesman reports about six rural counties and municipalities have earned millions of dollars from new fees on the gaming machines. And state officials say it's the job of local officials to enforce gambling laws, not the state.