City lowers its fees for selling liquor
It just got cheaper to sell liquor in Baldwin City.
On a 4-0 vote at Monday’s Baldwin City Council meeting, the fee charged to liquor stores and bars was reduced from $300 a year to $150. The question was first raised at the last meeting about why the fee was so high compared to the $100 charged to sell cereal malt beverages.
A survey of surrounding towns showed that most were charging $150 and some were charging $100.
“I’d be in favor of the ordinance reading $150,” said Council Member Ted Brecheisen, Jr.
City Administrator Jeff Dingman reiterated what he’d said at the last meeting.
“Like I said last time, I don’t know that there is any magic to that number ($300),” said Dingman.
Council President Amy Cleavinger, who was in charge of the meeting in Mayor Gary Walbridge’s absence, leaned toward the $150.
“I’d be in favor of that, too,” said Cleavinger. “If we don’t have any hard evidence of where we came up with that figure.”
With one liquor store and three bars in town, the reduction amounts to a loss of $750 to the city, said Dingman when asked by Council Member Ken Wagner what the impact would be.
“It’s minimal,” said Dingman. “We have a $2.2 million general fund budget and this is less than $1,000.”
In other business, the council approved awarding a contract to Taylor Design of Ottawa for $25,900 to do the engineering for replacing three culverts. Two of the culverts are in the area of Third and Elm streets and the other is on High Street west of 11th Street.
“They were the lowest bid, so we decided to give them a try,” said Brecheisen, regarding the utility committee’s recommendation.