Wow, a three year license to sell beer in a ball park is only $676. Funny, nobody ever thought to look that up before...or apply to get one.
For some time, I have been the voice in the wind suggesting that people with franchises should be licensed and thus accountable. In fact, it surprised me to find out in recent months that the facility in question had not been licensed before.
I know its a complicated issue if you are not in the biz, but we have all had to jump through the hoops at some point to comply. That's why its only natural that when you are in the business, you expect others who want to be, to do the same thing.
Kind of like a lawyer or doctor who don't want those without a license to practice in their field.
Two days ago I learned of another request for a franchise after I thought Council had already dealt with requests for this year. That will have to get looked at.
A uniform licensee, with a facility in place all the time, and a City policy on sales is what I have proposed be worked on for future seasons.
That would involve a competitively bid RFP. For those concerned the City will profit, I don't think the municipality responsible for enforcement should have a direct monetary interest in the volume of sales. Besides, our cut on that is the portion of sales tax that comes our way.
The City should formulate the policy, sell the franchise and rent the facilities at rates that reflect costs. That's my view for those who like to characterize it elsewhere.
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