Belleville bar owners and City Council members will have another chance to air their views about the city’s proposal to raise video gaming and liquor license fees.
A special City Council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall at 101 S. Illinois St. for discussion of the proposed fee increases for bars and restaurants.
The council on March 5 tabled a vote on the fee increases after receiving a barrage of complaints from bar and restaurant owners who say the increases unfairly target their industry. City officials have said the additional revenue is needed.
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The plan to raise fees included raising the video gaming terminal fee from $100 per machine per year to $300 annually and raising the liquor license fee from $550 to $700.
Here are details about the proposed fee increases that were tabled:
- Video gaming machine stickers: Increase from $100 per machine to $300 per machine annually.
- Video gaming terminal operator’s license: Change from no fee currently to $500 annually per location. There are about 30 locations in the city and various distributors place machines in Belleville.
- Liquor licenses: Increase Class A, B and C base fee from $550 to $700 annually.
- Special event liquor license: Increase from $10 to $20 per event.
- Liquor license application fee: Increase from $250 to $500.
The council on March 5 did approve the following fee increases:
- Additional or new trash bin fee: Increase from $50 to $75 per bin.
- Sanitation large item pick-up fee: Increase from $45/$70/$100 (depending on size of truckload) to $65/$90/$120.
- Housing occupancy permits: Increase from $50 to $55 per permit.
- Housing inspections: Increase from $60 to $65 per inspection.
- Business license: Increase from $25 to $50. Some businesses already pay higher fees for licenses so this would not affect them and other businesses do not have to pay any business license fee.