[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Putnam 9-5-1939 (C); amended in its entirety 4-16-2018 STM. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Bingo shall be legal in the Town of Putnam in accordance with the Connecticut state statutes governing such games, including without limitation C.G.S. §§ 7-169 et seq., as the same may be amended from time to time. In accordance with Public Act No. 17-231, effective January 1, 2018, the Town will be responsible for the permitting and enforcement of all bingo games. In addition, the Town will be responsible for receiving and monitoring the post-event reporting by the organization.
Bingo registrations may be issued to qualifying nonprofit organizations by the Mayor of the Town. Registration forms are available on the Town's website or at the Town Clerk's office. The registration form, proof of nonprofit status and fees shall be submitted to the Town Clerk. Qualified entities may apply for any of the following bingo permits:
Individual operators are required to submit a PIN operator registration form with the Town Clerk prior to operating a bingo. All PIN operator registrations previously approved by the State of Connecticut remain in effect. Individual operators must provide state documentation to the Town Clerk for recording.
Bingo registration forms shall be accompanied with the fee as outlined in the table below:
For Class A and Class C permits, a financial return shall be filed with the Town by the organization at the end of each quarter. Financial returns are due by the last day of the month following the close of the quarter (i.e. April 30, July 31, October 31, January 31). Financial returns must include payment of the 5% of the net profit for each bingo event. Payment shall be made payable to the Town of Putnam. Financial returns must be submitted to the Revenue Office on or before the due date.
For Class B permits, a financial return shall be filed with the Town by the organization at the completion of the bingo event. The financial return must be submitted within 10 days, provide the pertinent event information including the gross receipts, prizes awarded and net profit. Financial returns must include payment of 5% of the net profit for the bingo event. Payment shall be made payable to the Town of Putnam. Financial returns must be submitted to the Revenue Office on or before the due date.
The Mayor shall have the authority to investigate potential violations of this chapter and the applicable state statutes and, in his or her discretion, to protect the public welfare, may immediately suspend or revoke any permit issued under this chapter and to order that the person holding such permit cease and desist from the actions constituting any such violation. Any person aggrieved by such order shall have the right to appeal such decision as provided by state statute. In the event the Mayor revokes a permit issued pursuant to this section, no bingo permit shall be issued to such permittee for a period of one year after the date of such revocation.
Failure of any organization to file the required permit application, PIN registration or financial return shall be in violation of this chapter. Any organization violating any provision of this chapter shall be fined not less than $200 nor more than $1,000 and revocation of permit or PIN.