Enterprise raises minimum business license fee to $50

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Concerns over the city’s decision to change how it collects business license fees were discussed during Tuesday’s Enterprise City Council workshop session.

“We increased the minimum license fee to $50 and then added an issuance fee,” said Chief Revenue Officer Tracey Brown. “We were going to table the 2020 ordinance, so we could look at that and tweak it some more. The ordinance is called 12-4-18b was actually adopted on that day, taking effect Jan. 1, 2020.”

The city hasn’t updated the ordinance since 2007.

“Things are changing, and we need to increase revenue,” Brown said. “So, we took on a project to update our business license ordinance so it’d be fair balance, and simple for the consumer while also increasing revenues.”

At the end of 2018, the city hired a company to come in and help update the 2020 law.

According to Mayor Bill Cooper, increasing the price for a business license will be a good thing for Enterprise.

“It just takes money, and this way we have to move in another direction,” Mayor Cooper said. “Everything cost-wise has gone up. In order for us to maintain the status quo, and to move in the right direction we have to make a move.”

Cooper said he wants people to know they want to make sure the City of Progress is just that.

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