MILAN — Trustees learned Monday that the village of Milan has made more than $45,000 off of video gaming machines this year.
Currently, nine establishments have video gaming machines, with 25 percent of the profits going to the village. That adds up to $45,283 for the year.
"It's a significant amount of revenue," Mayor Duane Dawson said. "That's a new employee ... even with benefits."
Mayor Dawson admits he was skeptical video gambling would be good for Milan but said area businesses report more customers as a result.
"They're there, they're legal, and apparently people are enjoying them," Mayor Dawson said of the games.
He noted the state also receives a good chunk of money from video gaming machines.
"We would think the state would be in pretty good financials," he joked.
Trustees on Monday also:
— Approved spending $4,105 for a flatbed trailer from Mississippi Truck & Trailer Repair for the water/sewer department to haul a portable generator during emergencies.
— Learned attendance was down at the MIP Arts & Crafts Fair this weekend. Organizers say they believe a major reason is that many vendors now sell online.