Licenses as weapons

Ashland could hold up business license applications and renewals on businesses that are breaking city rules or that have fallen behind on utility bills, hotel tax payments or meals tax payments.

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During a study session last week, the Ashland City Council indicated its support for using business licenses as a tool to push for compliance and directed staff to develop a proposal.
Cost of business licenses

The issue likely will come before the City Council for a vote in February, Ashland Finance and Administrative Services Director Lee Tuneberg said.

“If someone is not in compliance with other city requirements, the business license could be a tool for enforcing compliance,” he said. “A business will have many chances to deal with the problem before we deny a business license.”

Read more in today’s Medford Mail Tribune.

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