Cautious approach to gaming is a good one
A request to change the town ordinance governing Internet sweepstakes gaming is being viewed cautiously in Maggie Valley, which is wise.
This type of gaming is controversial statewide, and is one that’s being tackled community by community since legislation meant to stop the industry has successfully been challenged in court.
The court decision, which is being appealed through the N.C. Attorney General’s office, leaves towns and counties with the option of collecting business or privilege licenses on the establishments and limiting the density, but little else.
With Waynesville’s recent decision to assess those running gaming operations $1,000 per establishment and $1,000 per machine, every community within the county now charges fees to operate the video sweepstakes games.
In Maggie, the ...