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Workshop to address the city’s new business license

The Town of Polson will hold a second public workshop regarding a possible new business license at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 at City Hall.

The proposal was first discussed publicly at an initial workshop on January 26 that attracted only two members of the public. At that time, the proposal had not even been put on paper. It was just a discussion, led by City Manager Ed Meece and Polson City Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Straub.

Straub recommended the idea to the Polson Commission and presented it as a matter of public safety. The new business license would only be granted after Straub and his department conducted fire safety inspections at local businesses.

Straub and Meece suggested several exemptions from the business license, including nonprofits, government agencies, flea markets, garage sales, and newspaper carriers.

Licenses would likely require annual renewal.

Since the January workshop, the city has produced a nine-page document that explains the requirements and potential fees. The document also outlines a potential license application process.

All discussions are still preliminary and no order establishing the license has been presented to the city commission.

The fees for such a commercial license also remain to be determined. Asked about the issue in January, Meece only said that benchmark communities that the city often cites for comparison purposes charge fees of around $40 to $80.

The latest document suggests that fees could be determined by several factors, including the number of employees and square footage.

The document is attached to the agenda for the April 27 workshop on the City’s website at www.cityofpolson.com/meetings.