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|Galesburg City Council Approves Liquor License, Other Fee Increases
|POSTED 12:04am 11/3/09 A number of fine and fee increases proposed months ago to the Galesburg City Council will soon be reality.
Aldermen Monday night voted to approve a large number of such increases -- this, despite a failed attempt by Fourth Ward Alderman Corine Andersen to have the proposed liquor license fee increases tabled, after she had them pulled from the ordinance and voted on separately.
Andersen, who voted "pass" and said she needed more information before she could vote, felt like the increases might not be fair. "I think the difference between an $840 liquor license in Peoria compared to ours is significant," Andersen said. "I can understand why there is some concern about how high our liquor license is, as old as it is."
Galesburg's most expensive liquor license, a Class A, would cost $2,700. Fifth Ward Alderman Karen Lafferty says it would be unfair to compare any other city's liquor licenses to Galesburg's. "If Peoria is $840 for a liquor license, they have a lot more establishments than what we do," Lafferty said. "Also, we don't know what Peoria is going to do in the future because they're in a dismal state of finances over there."
City officials did agree to craft an ordinance change aldermen will vote on at some other point to allow the liquor license holders the change to pay in four installments versus two in order to help ease the burden. Liquor license fees haven't been increased in 25 years.
You can view a full list of fine, fee, and license increases online by CLICKING HERE (pdf document).
|11 03 09 by Newsroom
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