So­cial Cir­cle re­duces cost of liquor li­censes

The Covington News - - Local news - By Am­ber Pittman apittman@cov­

The So­cial Cir­cle City Coun­cil has re­duced the fees for lo­cal busi­nesses ap­ply­ing for a li­cense to sell beer, wine and liquor.

Coun­cil mem­ber Da- vid Keener sug­gested to the coun­cil on Tues­day that the fee be re­duced from $ 2,500 to $ 500 for 2011.

Restau­rants that sell beer and wine will pay a li­cens­ing fee of $ 500 and a $ 1,000 per­for­mance bond. Those that are also sell­ing dis­tilled bev­er­ages must pay $ 500 for a pour­ing fee and $ 2,500 for a per­for­mance bond.

The orig­i­nal fee had re­tail­ers that sold beer and wine pay­ing an an­nual fee of $ 500 and a $ 2,500 per­for­mance bond. A pour­ing li­cense fee of $ 800 with a $ 1,000 per­for­mance bond was re­quired for busi­nesses to sell beer and wine, while busi­nesses that wanted to sell beer, wine and liquor were re­quired to pay a pour­ing fee of $ 2,500 with an equal amount for a per­for­mance bond.

So­cial Cir­cle also has been awarded a grant from the Ge­or­gia En­vi­ron­men­tal Fi­nance Author­ity for $ 125,000 in stim­u­lus fund­ing that will pay for en­ergy im­prove­ments at the pub­lic safety build­ing and the wel­come cen­ter.

The So­cial Cir­cle City Coun­cil meets 6: 30 p. m. on third Tues­days in the com­mu­nity room on East Hightower Trail.

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