WASHINGTON — For more than 20 years, the city of Washington hasn't raised liquor license fees.
But that could change if the City Council approves an ordinance read for the first time at Monday’s council meeting. The ordinance, which would revise current fees, will be discussed at the March 11 committee of the whole meeting.
Here are some examples of the proposed liquor license fee increases:For a Class A-1 license that allows the sale of alcohol for consumption on or off the premises from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, the fee would rise from $900 to $1,150 per year. For a Class E license that allows the sale of alcohol for consumption at places like veterans and fraternal organizations, the fee would rise from $100 to $250 per year. For a Class G license that allows the sale of alcohol for consumption at a private party at a banquet facility, the fee would rise from $700 to $1,000 per year. For a Class J license that allows the sale of alcohol for consumption at a restaurant, the fee would rise from $850 to $1,000 per year. The ordinance defines restaurant as a business where no more than 25 percent of gross annual sales are from alcohol sales.
A first reading of an ordinance revision that raises fees for video gambling licenses and terminals was not held as scheduled Monday on the recommendation of the council's public safety committee. That will also be discussed March 11.
Also Monday, Don Welch, president of the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, gave his annual report to the council about how the bureau is benefiting Washington businesses and events.
Among several examples, Welch said an advertisement for Washington on the bureau's website had 208,166 views and 3,602 clicks onto the city's website in 2018 and the bureau purchased $2,700 in goods from Washington businesses during the year.
The city paid the bureau $15,000 for tourism services in 2018.
Public Works Manager Kevin Schone assured the council that the city has enough road salt on hand to deal with a predicted snow and ice storm Tuesday and Wednesday.
"We're getting through this winter, with its multiple weather events," he said. "Our police department has done a good job contacting us when we need to take care of a road."
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