The Corrector is wondering what everyone’s opinions are about the business license ordinance proposed by the City Councils Planning committee? The license was suggested as a means of determining how many businesses are operating in Havre and where they are currently operating.
One suggestion was to charge a minimal fee for this license such as $25 per year. Many questions have been raised since this suggestion first came to the table weeks ago. Who would need to obtain a license? Would people like the Avon representative need one? What about people operating home based businesses such as mechanics, small contractors, and others that are operating in residential neighborhoods that currently do not allow businesses? Will there be parking or minimal space requirements? What about signs advertising these businesses?
Would people that operate numerous businesses have to pay a license fee on each and every business if they are all part of the same corporation? Should the license fee be based upon the number of employees? The size of the building? Or is one fee good for everyone? Would Landlords have to be licensed? Would this license include medical marijuana growers and the related dispensaries? What about people doing business at the farmer’s market?
Who would or should be in charge of collecting this fee? How would the money collected be used by the city? Would these businesses be inspected or have to abide by any new or special conditions? Would the city require that all businesses provide liability insurance, worker’s compensation coverage, and the other safeguards required of larger businesses?
The Chamber of Commerce has around 400 members but suggest there are well over 600 businesses operating in Havre. At $25 each this would generate approximately $15,000. Would this warrant another employee? If inspections of these businesses are required is this enough money to handle the expenses of this new department?
The Havre Chamber of Commerce is in the process of sending out a questionnaire to their members to see what they think. The next meeting of this planning committee will be held on June 15th at 5:15 pm
Give us your thoughts. What do you think?