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Reviewed Date: November 28, 2016
Cities Conducting Games or Contests for Money
MTAS was asked whether a city can sponsor a contest that charges registration fees, with part of the proceeds being donated to the regional library and part of the proceeds used for prizes.
Knowledgebase-Cities Conducting Games or Contests for MoneyAugust 4, 2011Ms. Wendy Bess, City RecorderTown of AltamontP.O. Box 200Altamont, Tennessee 37301Re: Long Beard ContestDear Ms. BessI attended the recent Altamont Town Council meeting where a presentation was made for the town to endorse or sponsor a long beard contest to run from July 4 through Labor Day. The registration fee is to be $15 per participant with 50% of the revenues donated to the regional library and 50% for prizes.While this may be a worthwhile event for the community, cities are generally not allowed to conduct games or contests for money. It is the opinion of MTAS that the city lacks the authority to collect revenue in this manner.Perhaps a civic club could sponsor the long beard contest.SincerelyRon DardenMunicipal Management Consultant