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Moreland May Increase Business License Fees

February 22, 2012

Council members will hold a public hearing next Tuesday, February 28, 2012 to discuss the possibility of raising Moreland, GA business license fees. Moreland currently charges a mere $25 for a town business license.

At last council meeting, Councilman Dick Ford suggested doubling the fee to $50, while Councilman Allyn Bell preferred a more moderate increase of $12.50 to an annual charge of $37.50. The additional funds will help the town pay for the costs involved in running the business license program. As Ford said, “The current fee doesn't pay for our time and paperwork to issue a license. The higher fee would help our revenue flow a little bit without killing anybody."

The Times-Herald reports that Town Attorney Mark Mitchell feels that the business license ordinance needs more attention than just a fee increase. Mitchell suggested changing the ordinance to reflect some of the new state laws that affect local business license regulations. Mitchell agreed to write up a new ordinance for councilmen’s review.

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