Article III. Amusement Centers  

§ 14-71. Definitions.
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The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Amusement center shall mean a business where the sole or main activity is the use or operation of a device or devices as defined in this section.

Device shall mean a machine or game that is coin-operated or noncoin-operated for which a fee is charged, including pinball machines, pool and billiard tables, jukeboxes and other games of skill or amusement, but not to include vending machines dispensing gum, soft drinks, candy bars, cigarettes and the like.

(Code 1962, § 19-24; Ord. No. 88-16, § 3(19-24), 9-6-88; Ord. No. 2003-40, § 1, 1-6-04)

§ 14-72. Approval of location required for issuance of license.
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No business tax receipt required by this article shall be issued by the city unless the location of the business and the individual taxpayer first are approved by the city commission.

(Code 1962, § 19-26; Ord. No. 2006-47, § 3, 12-5-06)

§ 14-73. Local business tax receipt required. [Repealed]
Effective on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

(Code 1962, § 19-25; Ord. No. 2006-47, § 3, 12-5-06; Repealed by Ord. No. 2017-13, § 3, 7-18-2017)

§ 14-74. Filing petition; investigation fee.
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Any person desiring a business tax receipt required by this article shall:

(1) File with the city commission a petition:

a. Describing the nature of the business to be operated;

b. Setting forth the location of the proposed business by street and number; and

c. Requesting a permit to operate at such location.

(2) Pay the city a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) to cover the costs of investigation and administration by the city.

(Code 1962, § 19-27; Ord. No. 2006-47, § 3, 12-5-06)

§ 14-75. Payment of fee; issuance of business tax receipt; term; renewal; nontransferable.
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If the city commission approves the petition filed pursuant to this article, the city, upon payment by the applicant of the applicable local business tax imposed by section 19-130, shall issue a business tax receipt to be valid for a period of one (1) year with annual renewal, unless earlier revoked. The receipt issued by the city shall state on its face that it is nontransferable.

(Code 1962, § 19-28; Ord. No. 2006-47, § 3, 12-5-06)

§ 14-76. Appeal of denial of petition.
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If the city commission denies a petition filed under this article, the applicant, within ten (10) days of the denial, may request a hearing, and within ten (10) days from the request, shall be given a full hearing before a committee of the city commission. The report of the committee recommending the denial or granting of the petition shall forthwith be submitted to the city commission for final action.

(Code 1962, § 19-29)

§ 14-77. Effect of change of ownership, management on approval to operate.
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Any change of ownership or management shall terminate the approval to operate granted under this article and shall require a new petition and conformance with all the requirements of this article as upon original approval, except that a new owner or operator may receive credit for local business tax payments made by the former owner or operator in accordance with section 19-130.

(Code 1962, § 19-30; Ord. No. 2006-47, § 3, 12-5-06)