Rocky residents to vote on VLTS in July

Rocky Mountain House residents will head to the polls at the end of July to decide the issue of video lottery terminals again.

Rocky Mountain House residents will head to the polls at the end of July to decide the issue of video lottery terminals again.

Town council gave first reading to a bylaw on Monday and a plebiscite will be held July 27.

The question will simply ask people if they favour council recommending to the province that VLTs return to Rocky.

The machines were removed from the town in 1997 by an almost two-to-one margin.

Recently a group of pub owners have been trying to bring them back.

The pub association claims its members have lost substantial business because of the economic slowdown. Members said many patrons have gone elsewhere to play VLTs.

The plebiscite will be held at the Community Centre in Rocky.

Mayor Jim Bague has said the town and council must remain neutral on the issue.