City Council to review temporary vendor tax

BY JEFF SWANSON
Daily Press writer
A sales tax that would affect temporary vendors in Craig will have to wait for final approval before becoming law, as the Craig City Council elected to table the ordinance at Tuesday's meeting.
Ordinance no. 905, which would require temporary vendors to register with the city and report all income for sales tax purposes, was tabled after Councilor Tom Gilchrist raised concerns about the ordinance wording.
"What I am worried about is that fund-raising activities such as door-to-door candy bar sales by local groups is going to be covered under this," he said. "I would feel more comfortable if I knew that this ordinance wasn't going to target those types of outdoor sales."
According to City Attorney Sherman Romney, fund-raising activities were an oversight in the ordinance that can be fixed before the next meeting.
The wording of the ordinance that concerns Gilchrist states: "Outdoor vendor shall include any person ... who sells or attempts to sell services, goods, wares or merchandise including food and beverage from any outdoor location..."
"I just want to make sure that there is some clause in there for these groups that are raising money for local groups," Gilchrist said.
As the ordinance is currently written, temporary vendors who set up booths in Craig would be required to pay a $300 bond, along with a $20 sales tax registration fee. The business would also be required to provide sales records to the city.
Romney said that he will rewrite the ordinance and present it to the Council at the Oct. 23 meeting.
In other business, Mayor Dave DeRose presented Eagle Scouts Christopher Copeland, Devin Reese and Lincoln Cleverly with certificates of appreciation for the efforts the three put forth in erecting American flags throughout Craig.
"I just want to say that you two should be very proud of what you have done for our community," DeRose said. "I've had a number of people comment on how good the city has looked since the flags were put up, and personally, I think it looks great."
The Council also:
Approved the renewal of the 3.2 percent liquor license for Safeway store no. 635 at 1295 West Victory Way.
Approved a proclamation declaring October as National Head Start Month.
Approved a proclamation declaring Oct. 15 - 19 as National Business Women's Week.
Awarded a contract to Timber Line Electric and Control Corporation for water plant automation improvements.
Held a continued discussion of proposed "Welcome to Craig" signs.

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