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Alberni forced to return slot machine windfall

It was nice while it lasted.

Half of the $211,000 from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General to the city of Alberni has to be paid back, city director of finance Cathy Rothwell noted in her report, which was released on Friday.

The money was received in April and represented a portion of the earnings from the Chances RimRock Gaming Centre for the last quarter.

The amount of the payment was unexpected, and in an interview in April Rothwell said a third of that was expected.

Initially it was felt that the additional revenue was from the extra slot machines at the gaming centre.

Ministry officials subsequently determined that there was a ‘calculation error’ and that the city has to give back $105,000.

Payment will be made when the city receives written notice that there was an error made, Rothwell noted.