By FRANCA LEWIS
An increase in tip jar stickers fees may result if legal fees keep mounting at the Washington County Gaming Commission, coordinator Kathy Sterling said Friday.
The commission, which regulates tip jar gambling in Washington County, charges $1 for a pair of stickers, one of which goes on a control card and the other on the box holding the paper gambling slips.
Sterling said the stickers and gambling license fees cover the cost of operating the gaming office.
Gambling proceeds are distributed to qualified charities and local volunteer fire and rescue companies, she said.
It cost $91,234 to operate the gaming office during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 1996, Sterling said.
Part of that money covers legal expenses incurred as people file challenges to the new gaming rules, she said.
Since opening in June 1995, the gaming commission office has spent $38,605 in legal fees resulting from administrative hearings and lawsuits.