"The license fees are a relic from the first half of the 20th century, a time when pool tables were the source of disputes that had to be resolved by police. The fees helped offset the cost of the city’s response.
In his March letter to the City Council, Carroll said that 'the need for police involvement has decreased to almost zero.'"
"City officials had also signaled support for the fee waiver, arguing the revenue isn’t worth the effort of collection."
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I see the potential for other cities to repeal similar licensing fees.
Edit: and I suggest that operators write a letter or attend a city council meeting and raise the issue.