Mayor Wants Home Businesses to Pay Up

Mayor Rich Freschi wants people who run businesses from their homes to ante up.

Freschi said the city requires a $50 license for home-based businesses, but not everyone is paying.

There are about 120 residential business licenses, Freschi said. But he estimates that the number of home-based enterprises is closer to 200.

Home-based businesses pay a license fee the first year of operation. In subsequent years they pay based on gross receipts.

The mayor said he is trying to create community awareness for two reasons: to generate revenue for the city and to get people to comply with the law.

"It's unfair to those who do comply with the law, while others get away with it," he said. "It's a fairness issue, a responsibility issue and a 'we can use the money' issue."

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