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Fargo Commissioners Meet to Discuss Charitable Gambling Monday

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Right now, charitable organizations are allowed to operate three gaming sites, but an upcoming proposal that will be discussed Monday by commissioners might raise that limit.

Increasing the number of gambling sites available to those organizations could bring in more revenue after winnings are taken home.

"We're going to look at raising the site limit from three to five- I think is the recommendation out of committee," says Fargo City Commissioner Brad Wimmer.

It's inspired by three possible liquor licenses coming to Fargo.

"Who at this time would not have a gaming non-profit attached to them, so they would be open to add a gaming non profit," says Wimmer.

Which is good news to approximately 20 charitable organizations who participate, such as the Plains Art Museum with three gaming sites.

"Last year we made around $600,000 to our operations from our gaming sites. It averages 30 to 40 percent of our revenue stream," says Plains Art Museum CFO Mark Henze.

Which goes to everything from the building maintenance to bringing in art exhibitions. 

"Without the gaming operations being run by non-profits, probably those services would not be available to the citizens of Fargo-Moorhead," says Henze.

But as he explains, it isn't as easy as it sounds.

"If they're behind the table or they're managing the table or they're touching the funds in any way, shape or form, they are the employees of the non-profit running that gaming site," he says.

So some charitable organizations may choose not to take on another gaming site, but it's all about opening the opportunity. They will have to work with bar owners and liquor license holders to see if it's a fit.

"And if it is, then we would just open up their gaming sites," says Wimmer.

Currently, if there is a site already being used by a nonprofit organization, a bar owner would have to wait 30 days if the site changes hands. On Monday, there will also be discussion on possibly eliminating that 30 day waiting period.



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