Saturday I posted the news of the proposed fee increase for 8-liner machines in Laredo. It looks like we have some of the lowest fees in the state for gambling, err, amusement center machines.
The home of about 2,000 residents has collected about $800,000 in the 18 months since it started enforcing its $1,000-per-machine game room ordinance. The town's annual budget is about $1 million.
As long as the city collects revenue from maquinitas, they'll allow amusement centers to set up shop. Sure they'll appear more garish on our public landscape than Javier Santos' den, but they serve a purpose: provide money for city services at the expense of working, and retired people.