WALKER -- Cass County Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Anderson failed to convince the county board Tuesday to appoint a study committee to prepare a county liquor ordinance and re-evaluate license fees.
The state sets off-sale liquor license fees. The county sets fees for on-sale licenses.
Anderson said there have been an increasing number of on-sale liquor license applications and an increased number of problems arising with license applications. She asked that a liquor license ordinance be considered to require all applicants to have paid their current taxes and to pay an additional cost if they want extra speedy application processing.
Commissioner Jim Dowson said he would rather see a liquor sales tax to cover the cost of the effects from liquor than to see an increase in the licensing fees.
It would take special state legislation to enable a county to implement a liquor sales tax, Anderson said. Counties do not currently have that authority.
In other auditor-treasurer business Tuesday, Anderson reported the county general fund expenditures are at 71 percent of the 2002 budget after 75 percent of the year and revenues at 60 percent. These figures are for the end of September and do not reflect the second-half property tax payments the county receives in October.
Cass continues to earn more on invested funds this year than projected in the budget.
General revenue funds earned $605,097.19 by the end of September, compared with an anticipated $525,000. Road and bridge funds earned $41,758.49, compared with the expected $37,500. Health and Human Services funds earned $54,889.80, compared with an expected $48,750.
Anderson reported to the board the state recently completed an audit of Cass County financial records for 2001 and found the county in compliance with auditing standards.
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