Sparks Launches Program to Target Delinquent Business Licenses
The City of Sparks is announcing a new program to ensure local businesses are in compliance with licensing fees. The new program will help to recover lost revenue from businesses with delinquent licenses. The city has approximately 6,600 business licenses.
During the initial investigation, $65,000 in lost revenue from outdated licenses was recovered from over 600 businesses. With business license fees continuing to play an increasing role in the city's budget, businesses that operate without licenses also pose a risk to citizens, often times because of unsafe conditions and code violations. Providing transparency and fairness to those businesses that do pay their license fees on time and protecting businesses from unfair competition is important to the city. An added benefit is that the ability to go after lost revenue through the new program is at no cost to the taxpayers.
Additionally, the city has updated the business license software by streamlining the process, making some aspects much more efficient. Previously, most business license information was only available by visiting City Hall and making out a request for information. The updated site includes an online complaint form that electronically submits the information to the business office. License renewals will also be updated in real time when a payment is submitted. The system will also feature monthly online lists of new business licenses as well as an updated master list of operations with business licenses in the city; making it the first of its kind in the region.
The public can visit the business license page on the city website and search for a business to check the status of their license. Search terms can be narrowed by business name, address or delinquent licenses. The city is also currently working on future enhancements to the business license system as a whole, by rewriting the current business license codes that will eventually make it easier to apply and understand.
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:16 AM EDT2013-05-25 06:16:04 GMT
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