Monday, July 30, 2007

Liquor Advisory Board Changes

In the hoopla over the sales tax proposal, the proposed changes in the Liquor Advisory Board have gotten short shift. It really doesn't appear that the current set up of an actual board rather than decision making authority vested in the mayor's office slows the process down. I checked with the fine folks at the C'dale Chamber of Commerce and found no complaints regarding the current set-up of the board from any members as far as how long it takes to get a liquor permit approved. The longest time reported for a permit was about 2 months, with most people applying for one getting it approved or not in about 20 days.

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Even if you trust the current mayor, the city's past problems with liquor control makes this one of the worst ideas I've ever seen. It is one of the three biggest "industries" in town and its a terrible idea to give all of the control over it to one person. That's a receipe for corruption, either now or in the future.
 
Just a clarification - the proposal is to eliminate the Liquor Control Commission (a/k/a City Council members). The Liquor Advisory Board (community people) would remain as-is in an advisory capacity. Doesn't really matter, though, because the Mayor withdrew the proposal at last night's special council meeting.
 
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