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Bars reminded of tax

| Saturday, May 5, 2012, 4:19 a.m.

Greensburg police this week went to taverns and other places that house jukeboxes and similar amusement devices to remind owners to pay an annual tax to the city.

Officers visited nine establishments Thursday, according to police records, as part of the formal notification process for the businesses to pay $50 per amusement device.

"This is their first warning that they have to pay," Capt. George Seranko said Friday of the canvassing by his officers.

The first notification came when the businesses applied for a related license at the start of the year.

"These are the places that didn't respond. (Officers) go to the bars and talk to the persons in charge," Seranko said.

The fee and related licenses are assessed on any music box, jukebox or other mechanical device that is used for profit, amusement or entertainment and in which money or tokens are placed for the instrument to operate, according to the amusement device ordinance.

Under the law, police are given enforcement duties.

Failure to pay the debt can result in a citation being issued.

Penalties could involve a fine of up to $600, imprisonment of up to 90 days, or both, after a hearing is held before a magistrate, according to the ordinance.

So far this year, the city has collected $3,700 from the tax, said Mary Perez, fiscal director.

Last year, the tax generated $8,300, city records showed.

More than 30 businesses applied for the related license this year.

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