Bowling pin refinishing fees and charges for Haunted Houses in Lakewood are slated to rise along with property taxes, gas utility taxes, and costs to use public parks per the Special Meeting of the City Council set for Monday, Nov.26, 7 P.M. at City Hall.
Interestingly not mentioned in the packet however is any reference to raising the tax on gambling revenue, currently set at a flat 11%.
Unless it’s in the fine print somewhere, the proposal at the City Council’s Budget Workshop Nov. 19, to raise taxes on the take at the city’s local casinos to 12.5% (page 9), didn’t make the cut.
That’s odd since on October 1st of this year when the Council voted unanimously to enter an agreement with the Nisqually Indian Tribe for the latter to develop property within the City it was only after the tribe promised, among other conditions, that said property – or any future acquisitions by the Indians – would not become “a gambling establishment in the City as such is contrary to the City’s long term vision for South Tacoma Way.”
Since casinos by law can be taxed to 20%, and the City has indicated its vision for the future does not include gambling, then would this not be an appropriate opportunity for the City to make good on its stated intentions by raising the tax on gambling revenue?
It’s going to cost you more to spiff up those bowling pins after all (let alone live where you do, or picnic in the park for that matter) so you’d think the City could score a strike or two against the casinos by raising their rates – as opposed to throwing a gutter ball.