The City Commission gave approval for America Legion Post 267 to have instant bingo vending machines at its headquarters at 156 New Britain Ave.
The legion has had the money-raising game for several years, but they were stopped by the city in August when officials found out they were legal at charitable organizations only with official city approval. After a discussion at an earlier meeting, the officials gave approval on Sept. 9.
The machines dispense cards and the buyer pulls back tabs to reveal any matches, and has a chance to win between $5 and $500.
Legion members told the commissioners they need fund-raising methods to continue their mission of public service.
Volusia County, school system set tax rates
The Volusia County Council gave tentative approval to a tax rate for the 2015-2016 year, and a final vote is set for the Sept. 24 meeting in DeLand. They set a rate of $6.32 per $1,000 of taxable value, which is the same as the current rate. Properties owners will likely find themselves paying more than last year, however, because property values have increased. The rolled-back rate, which would bring in the same amount, would be 6.0. The county set the tax rate for the fire district at 4.0815, 14.9% greater than the rolled-back rate. The budget was approved at $807.5 million. For information about meetings, visit Volusia.org.
Volusia County Schools gave final approval to their tax rate for the year on Sept. 8 at 7.2, which is higher than the rolled-back rate of 7.0. The school budget for the year is $781 million.
Citizens invited to police academy
Ormond Beach police have announced the 32nd Citizen Police Academy will begin on Sept. 16. The weekly classes will be continue7-9 p.m. each Wednesday until Nov. 18. There will be lectures, demonstrations, tours and hands-on opportunities to provide insight into police policies and procedures, according to a department statement.
Those interested can email [email protected] with name and phone number. Call 676-3526.