Village trustees will discuss whether to allow more video gambling terminals and recreational marijuana sales when they meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday as a Committee of the Whole.
Both of these discussion are taking place so the village can be proactive before state law on these issues changes on Jan. 1, Cary Mayor Mark Kownick said.
A provision of Illinois’ new Video Gaming Act, passed earlier this year, increases the amount of video gaming terminals allowed at licensed establishments from five to six, but village ordinance caps the number at five.
“Obviously, there is some interest from folks to add the sixth terminal,” Village Administrator Jake Rife said.
Kownick said he doesn’t think changing the the amount of terminals allowed in the ordinance will be an issue.
“In my opinion, it’s just a standard operating procedure,” Kownick said. “ We have to stay above the fray when it comes to new laws.”
Ten establishments in Cary have licensed gambling terminals, and all but one have five terminals, according to village documents.
Although cannabis will be legal for adults 21 and older to possess and use statewide on Jan. 1, municipalities can determine whether or not they want to allow dispensaries within their corporate boundaries, and what zoning regulations to put on those businesses. They can also impose a local sales tax of up to 3% on marijuana sales.
Rife said the revenue from cannabis taxes could be “pretty significant,” especially as the village looks for ways to fund capital projects.
The committee meeting will immediately follow the village board meeting at
6 p.m. at Village Hall, 655 Village Hall Drive.