There are a number of reasons to vote “No” on prohibiting video gaming in Forest Park restaurants and bars, but none more compelling than the bottom line: Prohibiting video gaming would be bad for our local economy and for taxpayers.
If Forest Park bans video gaming, that revenue doesn’t disappear, it literally takes a walk over to one of our neighboring municipalities. Less revenue makes it harder for local businesses to grow and create jobs. Less tax revenue means the Village will become even more reliant on increasing property taxes.
Video gaming machines may not be the answer to all of our problems, but pulling the machines out of establishments now, after they have been here for two years with no real incidents or problems, puts our local economy and taxpaying residents at an unfair disadvantage. Please join us in voting ‘No’ on prohibiting video gaming in Forest Park.
Ted Rozmus and Colleen Dedecker
Forest Park residents