The collector's office typically sends out renewal notices to registered businesses around this time every year, Estep said. To get a new license, businesses must have paid their business and occupation taxes, fees, interest and penalties in full, he said.
"There are about 2,200 [businesses registered] under the old ordinance," Estep said.
"It was anticipated about 4,800 new licenses would be involved -- attorneys, doctors and such, accountants, but there are a whole list of services out there, tow truck drivers. You could make up your own list.
"We've been working on our list already. We examined our B&O tax file and weeded out, using physical location, those not operating in the city. They are ready to go. We want to give people as much time as possible to get used to this in time for July 1. The code says the fee must be paid by June 30."
Last year, the 2,200 licensed businesses paid a total of about $61,300 in fees, Estep said -- an average of less than $28 each.
That could rise to as much as $140,000 this year after adding in all the service providers, even with the fee cut from $25 to $20.
Still, that's just a drop in the bucket of the city's $87.3 million total budget.
"It's not one of our major revenue streams," Estep said.
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