City of Bridgeton, MO
St. Louis County
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Cross Reference — Adoption of county codes, ch. 525.
[Ord. No. 743 §1, 6-2-1965; Ord. No. 75-127 §1, 12-3-1975; Ord. No. 83-20 §1, 4-20-1983; Ord. No. 12-30 §1, 5-16-2012]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have the respective meanings ascribed to them:
AMUSEMENT TABLE
Any machine or device which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate, disc, currency of any sort or denomination, or by the payment of any price by any method, including by credit or debit card, may be operated by the public generally by manipulating special equipment whereby a score is established, the object of which is to score a special number or numbers, or a high total score, whether a prize is offered or not, when the element of skill in such manipulation predominates over chance or luck. It shall include the games of shuffleboard, and so-called table pool, bowling table, and any other similar table games.
ATM
A computerized electronic machine that performs basic banking functions (such as handling check deposits or issuing cash withdrawals). Also called an automated teller machine, automatic teller, automatic teller machine.
COIN MACHINE
Any machine or device to count coins or currency in which a fee is charged to exchange such coins or currency into any other form of cash or monetary equivalent.
JUKEBOX
Any music vending machine, contrivance or device which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate, disc, currency of any sort or denomination, or key into any slot, crevice or other opening, or by payment of any price by any method, including by credit or debit card, operates or may be operated for the emission of songs, music or similar amusement.
MECHANICAL AMUSEMENT OR VENDING MACHINE
An amusement table, coin machine, jukebox, mechanical amusement device, ATM or merchandise vending machine.
MECHANICAL AMUSEMENT DEVICE
Any machine which, upon the insertion of a coin, slug, token, plate, disc, currency of any sort or denomination, or by the payment of any price by any method, including by credit or debit card, may be operated by the public generally for use as a game, entertainment or amusement, or viewing of pictures, whether or not registering a score. It shall include such devices as marble machines, pinball machines, skill ball, mechanical grab machines, and all games, operations or transactions similar thereto under whatever name they may be indicated, and all machines which operate to allow the viewing of any pictures, cartoons, moving pictures, photographs or films, and keno, video poker, and lottery ticket machines or other games of chance or trivia knowledge.
MERCHANDISE VENDING MACHINE
Any automatic vending machine used for the sale or rental of any merchandise including cigarettes, food, drink, movies or personal products, including, but not limited to, Internet service kiosks, newspaper vending machines and machines selling, transferring or downloading movies or music, and controlled by the insertion of a coin or coins or currency of any sort or denomination or payment of any price by any method, including by credit or debit card.
PERSON
Any person, firm, corporation or association which owns any such mechanical amusement or vending machine; the person, firm, corporation or association in whose place of business any such mechanical amusement or vending machine is placed for use by the public; and the person, firm, corporation or association having control over such mechanical amusement or vending machine.
[Ord. No. 743 §2, 6-2-1965; Ord. No. 12-30 §1, 5-16-2012]
Nothing in this Chapter shall in any way be construed to authorize, license or permit any gambling devices other than legally licensed State-controlled machines, or any mechanism that has been judicially determined to be a gambling device, or any machines that are prohibited by law.
[Ord. No. 743 §3, 6-2-1965; Ord. No. 78-30 §1, 3-15-1978; Ord. No. 98-16 §1(e), 1-21-1998; Ord. No. 12-30 §1, 5-16-2012]
A. 
Any person displaying for public patronage or keeping for operation any mechanical amusement or vending machine (as herein defined) shall obtain a license from the City to conduct such business.
B. 
No person shall be eligible to hold such license who has been convicted of any Federal, State or municipal law involving moral turpitude.
C. 
Application for such license shall be made to the City Clerk upon a form to be supplied by the City Clerk.
D. 
Any mechanical amusement or vending machine displayed or offered for use by a person without a license or on which the applicable license tax has not been paid may be confiscated by the Police and shall not be returned until all applicable fees and penalties have been paid. The owner of such mechanical amusement or vending machine will be responsible for all costs incurred for the replacement or removal of such machines found in violation of this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 743 §4, 6-2-1965; Ord. No. 12-30 §1, 5-16-2012]
The application for a license under this Chapter shall contain such information as required by the Director of Finance.
[Ord. No. 743 §5, 6-2-1965; Ord. No. 78-30 §2, 3-15-1978; Ord. No. 80-73 §4, 10-29-1980; Ord. No. 12-30 §1, 5-16-2012]
Every applicant, before being granted a license, shall pay the following annual license tax for the privilege of operating or maintaining for operation each mechanical amusement or vending machine:
1
Cigarette vending machine
$20.00
2
Other merchandise vending machine on items selling or renting for nine cents ($0.09) or less
$ 2.00
3
Other merchandise vending machine on items selling or renting for price in excess of nine cents ($0.09) through fifteen cents ($0.15)
$ 5.00
4
Other merchandise vending machine on items selling or renting for price in excess of fifteen cents ($0.15) through thirty cents ($0.30)
$ 8.00
5
Other merchandise vending machine on items selling or renting for price in excess of thirty cents ($0.30) through fifty cents ($0.50)
$10.00
6
Other merchandise vending machine on items selling or renting for price in excess of fifty cents ($0.50)
$15.00
7
Jukebox
$20.00
8
Amusement table
$20.00
9
Other mechanical amusement or vending machine not listed above
$20.00
[Ord. No. 92-69 §1, 11-4-1992; Ord. No. 12-30 §1, 5-16-2012]
Any church, synagogue or other similar place of worship; public or private school; or public, semi-public, or civic organization, as recognized by the State of Missouri, shall be exempt from the payment of the tax as shown on the schedule in Section 620.050 for any merchandise vending machine that dispenses candy items for a selling price not to exceed twenty-five cents ($.25) per item. Such tax exempt group must provide proof of ownership of said machine by title and be required to obtain and post the license as required by Section 620.070.
[Ord. No. 743 §5, 6-2-1965; Ord. No. 851, 5-17-1967; Ord. No. 78-30 §3, 3-15-1978; Ord. No. 12-30 §1, 5-16-2012]
Each license shall expire on June thirtieth (30th) of each subsequent year. Each license that is not renewed by August fifteenth (15th) shall be subject to a fifty percent (50%) surcharge in addition to applicable license tax.
[Ord. No. 743 §6(a,c), 6-2-1965; Ord. No. 12-30 §1, 5-16-2012]
A. 
The licenses herein provided for shall be posted permanently and conspicuously at the location of the mechanical amusement or vending machine in the premises wherein the mechanical amusement or vending machine is to be operated or maintained to be operated.
B. 
If the licensee shall move his place of business to another location within the City, the license may be transferred to such new location upon application to the City Clerk, giving the street and number of the new location.
[Ord. No. 12-30 §1, 5-16-2012]
Each Section and provision of this Chapter is hereby declared to be independent of the other Sections and provisions and, notwithstanding any other evidence of legislative intent, it is hereby declared to be the controlling legislative intent that if any provisions of said Chapter, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid, the remaining Sections or provisions and the application of such Sections and provisions to any person or circumstances, other than those to which it is held invalid, shall not be affected thereby, and it is hereby declared that such Sections and provisions would have been passed independently of such Section or provision so known to be invalid.