FAIRFIELD, AL (WBRC) - Tuesday was a victory for electronic bingo charities in the Bessemer Cutoff. Jefferson County District Attorney Arthur Green agreed to back off a Thursday deadline to shutdown or face having their machines seized.
Bamaco Bingo in Fairfield generates about $250 thousand for the charity the Knights of Pythias. "We provide jobs. We provide taxes for the government. Any money left over we give to charity," says W.A. Casey with the Knights of Pythias.
The mayor of Fairfield says the deadline would harm his city."We lose jobs. Revenue which we are desperately in need of now. We are looking for a great outcome so we can keep our city afloat," says Fairfield Mayor Kenneth Coachman.
Tuesday afternoon, Fairfield, bingo charities, and attorneys for machine manufacturers piled into a court hearing before Jefferson County Circuit Judge Eugene Verion. Michael Trucks, the city attorney for Fairfield argued without the bingo revenue the city would face bankruptcy and could be annexed into Birmingham. Still, Cutoff District Attorney Arthur Green calls the electronic bingo machines illegal.