Mesquite council mulls business license regulations

November 1, 2016
Mesquite, TX

By Lucas M Thomas, [email protected]

The Mesquite City Council introduced Bill No. 503, which would amend the city’s business license regulations, during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

“Last year the council asked the Development Services Department to do a business license audit to determine if businesses were properly classified under the code, if they were paying the right fee, if the ordinance was being administered consistently and so forth,” Development Services Director Richard Secrist said.

Secrist said a study was done that found the city needed to address a number of issues in the code, mainly fixing archaic language and adding “definitions."

“We reviewed the consistency to make sure that businesses that are in the same class were being treated the same way or paying the same fees,” Secrist said.

He added, “This bill adds a new chapter dealing with utilities. Basically it eliminates the old right of way fee and attempts to put various utilities on an equal footing with what they’re paying because right now they’re not. Some pay 5 percent, some pay 3, some pay 9.”

A public hearing is scheduled for the Oct. 25 council meeting.

The city also set the public hearing date for Bill No. 502, which would make separation requirements for medical marijuana facilities consistent with that of liquor facilities, for Oct. 25.

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