Mankato proposal on gambling tax a win-win for local charities

By Mark Fischenich, Mankato Free Press, October 5, 2019

A planned change in how Mankato taxes pulltabs will mean a double windfall for local charities.

The City Council next week will be holding a public hearing on the proposal to drop its current tax on charitable gambling, which must be used for gambling regulation and enforcement. Instead, the city is planning to institute a different tax that must be contributed to local nonprofits or used for social programs.

Essentially, the change will transfer roughly $100,000 a year from city coffers to community nonprofits or projects aimed at humanitarian efforts such as helping the homeless.

In addition, the city is planning to refund more than $200,000 in charitable gambling taxes collected in recent years to the area nonprofit organizations that paid the taxes.

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