Hay River NewsNews Hay River town council chasing the ace with bylaw amendment SHARE ON: Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi, contributor, Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 2016 A deck of cards. (courtesy Michael Panza-Beltrandi) Chase the Ace fever has got northerners from Hay River and parts of Yellowknife lining up to cash in on the raffle – including their own town council. On Monday, Hay River town council held a meeting to discuss whether to change their bylaws surrounding raffle earnings. The current system earns the town a flat fee of $1,550 for raffles that offer prizes over $20,000. But a proposed amendment would see the town take five per cent of the total prize – meaning games like Hay River’s current one could earn the town a whopping $10,000. Though in this case it’s a small portion from a large pot, concerns have been raised that the change could end up costing smaller businesses. If a business were to spend a lot of money organizing a raffle, the five per cent cut the town would take under a new bylaw could mean businesses would be paying the town rather than receiving any profits. The town’s administration and finance committees are currently discussing the amendment.