Internet café owner asks for license fee reduction
During the council meeting, Marvin Dabish, owner of the Players Club Internet Café turned Talk N Win said he does not object being regulated. He, however, told that he needs relief from the fees drawn up in 2012 when Players Club Internet Café drew more traffic with sweepstakes games.
The internet café operator asked the council to reduce the annual license fee from $4,000 to $2,500 and lower sweepstakes machine license from $100 to $25 as well.
According to Dabish, the state’s gambling statute which forced him to shift from sweepstakes games into skill-based games resulted in a 90% drop in business from 75 to 100 patrons on weekends to 15 patrons only.
“It’s hard for some people to adjust to skills,” Dabish stated before council.
Dabish’s proposal got 2-2 vote from the council with opposition from committee chairman Bob Gross and Joe Michles.
Gross said a reduction in fees is possible, but not to the level proposed by Dabish while Michles told the rate reductions should be lower than proposed.
The proposal will be moved to the full city council for a vote.