Bingo organizers want bigger piece of the financial pie

By Staff
Leada DeVaney, Hartselle Enquirer
B-I-N-G-O could soon spell more M-O-N-E-Y for a local civic group.
The Hartselle City Council is considering raising the percentage of proceeds local organizations could keep from club-sponsored bingo games.
The proposed change comes on the heels of a request from the American Legion Post 52 to increase its percentage from bingo games. Currently, the club keeps 14 percent of net bingo proceeds, after the cost of prizes, game sheets and purchases or repairs of bingo machines is subtracted.
Another 51 percent of proceeds can be used for club-sponsored scholarships or other external charities. A portion of this money can also be used for upkeep or maintenance of the post's building.
The remainder goes to the city's coffers.
The new proposal would allow the Legion and other clubs sponsoring bingo games to keep 25 percent of the proceeds. The 51 percent statute would remain.
"The reason we're considering this is the 14 percent doesn't even cover their (American Legion's) utility bill," Councilman Frank Jones said.
Also, according to Mayor Clif Knight, other cities do not stipulate the amount that must be dedicated to charities and scholarships, leaving more proceeds for those groups.

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Challenger Matthew Frost unseats longtime Morgan Commissioner Don Stisher

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Cheers to 50 years  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Scott Stadthagen confirmed to University of West Alabama Board of Trustees 

Editor's picks

Hartselle graduate creates product for amputees 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Tigers roar in Athens soccer win

Danville

Local family raises Autism awareness through dirt racing  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Three Hartselle students named National Merit finalists  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan chief deputy graduates from FBI National Academy

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle students collect food for good cause 

Falkville

Falkville to hold town-wide yard sale next month

At a Glance

Danville man dies after vehicle leaves Hudson Memorial Bridge 

Editor's picks

Clif Knight, former Hartselle mayor, Enquirer writer, dies at 88

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle Utilities reminds community April is safe digging month 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Teen powerhouse invited to compete in international strongman event

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Azaleas: An Alabama beauty 

Decatur

Master Gardeners plant sale returns in April

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan leaders honored at annual banquet

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Local students selected for 2024 Blackburn Institute Class

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle sophomore represents Civil Air Patrol in D.C.  

Editor's picks

Hartselle council hires architect for new fire station, library and event center

At a Glance

PowerGrid Services in Hartselle evacuated for bomb threat

Morgan County

20 under 40: Trey Chowning

Falkville

20 under 40: TJ Holmes

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

20 under 40: Spencer Bell

x