City officials are holding a reception tonight for out-of-town doctors who work at local hospitals to discuss a business tax that has angered some physicians and hospital administrators.
The tax requires physicians to pay a minimum fee of $30 a year on billings of up to $20,000 and $1.50 for every additional $1,000 in billings for work done in Inglewood.
Though the physician business tax was enacted more than 10 years ago, city officials have not tried to collect it from out-of-town doctors until recent cutbacks in federal funds prompted officials to look for new sources of revenue.
About four weeks ago, city officials sent letters to 400 out-of-town doctors demanding back payment of the tax for the last three years. Only 60 or so out-of-town physicians have paid and several others have asked for extensions.