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Cash in on Internet cafe loot

January 27, 2013

If local communities are not going to take action to reverse the proliferation of Internet cafes, they should at least collect fees from the operation....

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Jan-30-13 2:01 AM

I loved this comment in the editorial: "Warren has 24 cafes. At Willowick's pace, Warren could be adding $600,000 per year into its general fund, which is so depleted there have been layoffs in the police and fire departments and the city can't maintain a road paving program."

Gee - I wonder if the Kasich budget that cut 38.6% from Warren's revenue in 2012 and will cut 50% from Warren's revenue in 2013 has anything to do with these "depleted" budget problems - not that the TRIBUNE would ever comment on that.

Warren has lost -$1.4 million in the 2012-2013 budget Kasich signed.

On top of that, we're going to lose the 80% we used to get from Estate Taxes starting in 2013 - roughly 4 Million for Trumbull County, about $500,000 of that for the city of Warren.

How do we make up over 2 Million in revenue losses just in the city of Warren?

Maybe someone at the Tribune ought to ask KASICH that question?

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Jan-29-13 3:43 PM

Truth--WAKE UP! Moratorium on ALL internet cafes came from Columbus--POST RAID. Get some facts before spouting off!

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Jan-28-13 5:52 PM

You're giving Dennis Watkins credit for opposing these cafes? He stood out there gloating about raiding them and shutting them down, then he did nothing. His office completely dropped the cases and has done nothing since. He hasn't opposed them one bit, all he did was get some press he thought would help his image.

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Jan-28-13 2:43 PM

No mention of Liberty and the amount of cafes that Belmont avenue now holds?

Gee, Guy, I realize you live there, but it is a little odd namechecking Hubbard and not Liberty!

They are tacky and another reminder that this suburban sprawl cannot maintain or attract real services and businesses that are not parasitic in nature.

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Jan-27-13 3:20 PM

Let us hope this idea takes root, easy money for municipalities.

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