Archive for Wednesday, March 27, 2002

126 Tonganoxie firms apply for city business licenses

March 27, 2002

Business owners who don't obtain business licenses will be penalized, but city officials haven't determined when to begin assessing those fees.

Tonganoxie City Hall has received 126 applications for business licenses, but just 15 have been submitted in the last seven weeks. Kathy Bard, assistant to the city administrator, said the city planned to send out additional letters reminding businesses to apply, but letters were only sent to businesses that receive water bills.

Bard said the city is considering sending applications to those businesses that are in leased buildings and so might not receive city water bills.

The requirement for a license, which is free, was approved last year to help the city track sales taxes, which account for 30 percent of the city's revenue.

If businesses don't respond to the city's reminders, owners could be assessed a $100 fine. Failure to respond to that fine could translate into $200 fines for each additional violation.

Bard hopes all businesses eventually will be aware of the license.

"We're trying to get everyone familiarized," she said.

For more information, contact City Hall, 321 Delaware, (913) 845-2620.

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