A reduction in gambling tax is approved for Zeppoz & Mr. Z's Casino owner

PULLMAN, WA - The Pullman City Council plans to make it cheaper to operate a gambling business in the city.

Pullman's only casino is located inside Zeppoz on Bishop Boulevard, and owner Chris Nash asked the city to reduce its gambling tax from ten-percent to five-percent. Nash said his card room hasn't been profitable over the last couple years, and lower taxes could boost his business.

"It just would really help if we could get that lowered down to where we could at least work on some different marketing efforts as well with a lower tax rate," said Nash.

The city council agreed to lower the gambling tax to seven-percent. Pullman Financial Director Bill Mulholland said this could reduce the city's general fund revenue by $15,000 to $20,000 for the rest of the year. However the lower tax percentage could be offset if the business is able to attract more customers and increase its revenue. The city council is expected to pass an ordinance on the matter in the near future.