WASHINGTON — Liquor license fees in Washington will be going up. And it appears fees for video gambling machines are next.

The City Council on Monday unanimously approved new liquor license fees and introduced a measure that raises video gambling license fees.

The new liquor license fees take effect May 1, the start of the city's fiscal year. If approved at a future meeting, the same would be true for the proposed video gambling fees.

Mayor Gary Manier said in an interview Monday the fees could help raise revenue in the face of state funding cuts.

Liquor and video gambling license fees were targeted in part "because we need to catch up," Manier said.

Washington's liquor license fees haven't increased since 1995. The video gambling fees haven't increased since 2012, when the council first allowed video gambling machines.

"We looked at what neighboring communities charge for video gambling licenses, and we listened to what people in our city who have video gambling machines had to say before we made our proposals for new fees," Manier said.

The mayor said there are two important considerations regarding video gambling in Washington, and they came into play in the city's decisions on new fees.

"First, some of our residents don't think we should have video gambling in Washington," he said. "And last fiscal year, nearly $900,000 from video gambling machines in our city left our city and went to the state and the machine owners, in accordance with state law. We need to recoup some of that money."

There are 14 license classes. Here are some examples of city liquor license fee increases:

* Class A licenses, which allow the sale of alcohol for consumption on or off the premises, will increase from $900 to $1,150 and $1,000 to $1,250, depending upon sale hours.

* A Class E license, for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises for a club or organization, will increase from $100 to $250.

* A Class F license, which permits the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises, will increase from $1,000 to $1,250.

* A Class G license, which permits the sale of alcohol at a private party or meeting for consumption on the premises, will increase from $700 to $1,000.

In Washington, one must have either a Class A or a Class E liquor license to obtain video gambling machines. Under current ordinances, there is an additional fee of $500 and $100 respectively for class A and E liquor license owners. The proposed changes would increase the fee the city charges for each machine. The amount is different depending up on the type of liquor license. For a class A license, the fee goes from $25 to $150. For a class E license, it goes from $25 to $100.

Steve Stein can be reached at (248) 224-2616 or stevestein21@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.