TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Toledo City Councilman Mike Collins has crafted legislation and has forwarded it to council for consideration, to create annual license fees for internet cafes operating within the city limits.
"The courts have ruled, we now have what is defined as a legitimate business."
His proposal would establish a $7,000 annual license fee for each internet cafe location, and $350 per year for each computerized sweepstakes terminal.
"This is a business contributing to the city for the services rendered to that business."
Rob Dabish, owner of the Players Club internet cafes, doesn't oppose creating fees:
"I have no problem paying a fee. It's going to help the city out. The city is hurting for money, this is a way to help police on the streets."
However, Dabish wants council to hold a committee hearing before taking a vote to give business owners a chance to weigh in.
"Voice our opinion, not go out and gouge this thing, go out and make something that's fair."
Collins believes his proposal sets reasonable rates:
"It's not a cash grab. This is a legitimate fee."
If approved, Collins says the revenue from the fees should go into the city's rainy day fund.