Jul 23, 2014 12:35 AM by Matt Prichard

Business license ordinance vetoed

A goal for both the Mayor and Council currently at odds. The possibility of removing business license fees was right there, but the chance of $400,000 dollars being drained out of the 2015 budget forced a veto.

"Every dollar counts, whether hat's a dollar, a penny, a hundred thousand dollars or a million dollars! It all adds up. So we do need to take a look at it as a whole and determine if this is the right way to go and really think about this closely," said Colorado Springs City Clerk, Sarah Johnson.

Council looking to override that veto today, but failing to do so by a final vote of five to four. That result left some council-members disappointed knowing that it's going to take more time to get this done.

"I wanted to make Colorado Springs more business friendly, I was trying to reach out to all the small businesses that are currently paying business license fees," said Colorado Springs Council-member, Helen Collins.

That being said the wheels remain in motion, as Collins says making this happen could be a huge break for businesses here in the Springs.

"Definitely, I'm a free market person and I think that we definitely need to reach out. And it would definitely bring more business to Colorado Springs," said Collins.

From here, City Clerk Sarah Johnson says they're working on a plan, and hoping it'll benefit the budget and business.

"We will be at this point recommending doing away with some licenses, we're going to be recommending keeping some licenses. Recommending the elimination of certain requirements to get the licenses, certain extra hoops. Because our goal in the end is to make this as simple as possible," said Collins.

We'll continue to keep you updated on this story as more details become available.



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