The proposal, which is included in a series of ordinances Collins discussed with council members this week, would not eliminate the licensing requirements for businesses but would end fees ranging from
"I am trying to make the city more business-friendly," Collins said. "Hopefully, this will bring more business to
Collins had proposed in her initial draft of the ordinance to eliminate licensing fees except those involving alcohol or medical marijuana sales, but agreed to keep fees for escort services and sexually oriented businesses at the request of council member
"We like the concept, and it would be great not to have the fees, but the revenue loss is problematic," Cox said.
The Clerk's Office took in
The Clerk's Office is reviewing city licensing fees, with a report scheduled to be completed by
Cox said Bach would like to see the results of the review before eliminating any fees.
"It's a win-win for the consumer," King said. "I think we will create more business. This is a business-friendly ordinance that will grow business and stimulate the economy."
"It's not that we don't want to be more business friendly, but somebody has to bear the cost of the licensing program. It makes sense for those with licenses to bear that cost," said Martin, who expects the ordinances to pass on a 5-4 vote -- not enough to override a veto. "We should let the clerk finish her study and come back with a recommendation."
But she said in an interview that waiting for the review to be completed "would be prudent."
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