The Sheridan City Council removed from the table an ordinance amending restaurant liquor license fees at their meeting Monday night. The original change in fees would have lowered the restaurant liquor license fee from $1,500 a year to $600, and raised the bar and grill license fee from $1,500 to $3,000.
After amendments from Councilors Ryan Mulholland and Robert Webster, the Council approved the fee modifications on second reading that will essentially keep the bar and grill fee at $1,500 a year, and lower the restaurant license fee to the state minimum, which is $500.
Councilor Webster feels that lowering the restaurant liquor license fee and keeping the bar and grill as is, will help stimulate the local economy.
City Clerk Scott Badley said that the change in fees would create a $4,000 decline in revenue for the upcoming fiscal year, and an $8,000 decline in the following year. The proposed raise to the bar and grill license fee would have made the fee modifications revenue neutral; however, the Council felt that the raise was too steep and would not promote economic growth in the community.
There will be one more reading on the liquor license fee modifications, on which the Council will act at their first meeting in July.