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July 16, 1992
A $105 processing fee for annual business license applications was repealed by the City Council Tuesday after months of complaints from business owners. In a 5 to 0 vote, the council finalized changes in the business license fee structure, including the elimination of a special $105 charge enacted last year to recover the city's cost of processing applications.
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NEWS
November 1, 1990
Teen entrepreneur Joseph Young, whose home business was cited as the reason for city officials' delay in approving his mother's home expansion plans last week, is demanding an apology. "They made it sound like I don't have a license," said Young, 16. In fact, he has a license to run his "Prime Opportunities" mail-order business, according to Jennifer Bason, city business license clerk.
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May 12, 1985 | Roxana Kopetman
A proposed review of the city's business license tax has come under fire from two City Council members, who criticized it as a way to raise the tax, which has remained unchanged for 27 years. Speaking against the review, Mayor Don Roth said, "The handwriting is on the wall that you're going to raise taxes." Council member Ben Bay also opposed a review of the business tax, and said the study's intent is "obvious . . . another means of coming to an end to increase fees and taxes."
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May 10, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
The City Council has approved changes in Irvine's business license ordinance in an effort to standardize fees and encourage more businesses to seek permits. Last week's council action significantly reduces the cost to businesses for annual license fees and the penalties charged for operating a business without a license. City officials estimated that about 20%--or 2,000--of all businesses in Irvine do not hold current business licenses. Bernard M.
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August 3, 1990
Voters will decide in November whether to double the city's business license tax to make up for income lost to inflation since the tax was last increased in 1978. The proposed increase would raise an additional $300,000 a year. During the last fiscal year, income generated by the tax amounted to 1.3% of the city's general fund--half the 1978 level. The increased tax would bring business tax revenue back up to about 2.6%, which is the average for California cities.
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April 18, 1990 | JIM NEWTON
The County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed its staff to study the possibility of establishing business license fees in unincorporated areas of the county. Several supervisors, however, warned that such fees could incur the wrath of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, whose members would likely bear the brunt of any licensing requirements. Even though many cities in Orange County already require business licenses, the county has never demanded them. Board Chairman Don R.
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April 23, 1996 | JOHN POPE
Medium-sized businesses and wholesale distributors may see a tax break when the city further revises its controversial business license fees. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed changes tonight. "We promised when we brought this forth a year ago that we would review it with the business community and make as many reductions as we could," City Manager Bill Smith said. The business tax, implemented in June, replaced a $50 flat fee with a tax based on gross receipts.
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