Lacombe reverses ban on video lottery terminals

LACOMBE – City Council has reversed a ban on Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) within the City of Lacombe.

Bylaw 490 repeals Bylaw 244 and allows VLT machines to return immediately to the community. Council had previously passed Bylaw 244 on October 26, 1998, which banned VLT machines until this repeal was enacted.

“The repeal of this bylaw shows that council is eager to help our restaurant service industry recover from the ill effects of the pandemic,” said Mayor Grant Creasey.

“Restaurants and bars, if they choose to do so, now have the opportunity to benefit financially from VLTs in their establishments. Additionally, while VLTs do not benefit the City directly, the revenues generated do support many of our local community groups and non-profit agencies who play an essential role in Lacombe.”

The decision to repeal the ban comes after the City of Lacombe held public engagement opportunities at the Lacombe Farmers Market and a public hearing held in council chambers, where residents had the chance to have their opinions heard.

The original repeal was held after a plebiscite during the 1998 election (34 per cent voter turnout), which saw 1,147 votes to remove VLTs and 1,132 votes to retain the machines.

The repeal bylaw came after a Notice of Motion from City Coun. Reuben Konnik, who asked for the original bylaw be reviewed to support local businesses.