Nevada City City Council considers new business license tax strategy |

Nevada City City Council considers new business license tax strategy

Nevada City’s City Council will contemplate a proposed ordinance to implement a simpler methodology for calculating business license tax during tonight’s council meeting.

The new methodology will result in cost savings for business owners, generate higher annual revenue for the city, and allow the city to provide a customer friendly online payment option, city officials said.

According to city documents, the ordinance was proposed to replace a 1957 business license methodology that included more than 30 strategies for calculating business license tax, which also have various rates ranging from $10 to $250.

“(The new business license tax ordinance) would simplify things so we can implement the online payment option,” said City Manager Mark Prestwich.

Under the proposed change, businesses with 10 or more employees would pay $150 annually, while organizations with nine or fewer employees would be required to pay $100 per year.

The rates would be adjusted based on inflation. In addition, the measure would also connect the tax structure with the consumer price index.

Voters will still have the final say in regards to the adoption of the business license tax methodology, as the measure will be placed on the June 2016 ballot.

The city expects the new ordinance to bring about $10,000 to $15,000 of additional annual revenue.

The city council will also discuss a second reading of an amendment to streamline the permitting process for small residential rooftop solar systems.

The first reading drew concern from city council members over the effect the “unrestricted ministerial approval of such systems will have on the city’s historic buildings,” city documents state.

In other businesses, city council is expected to pass a motion authorizing the continual training of police canine Rüdiger with his trainers, DTAC K-9.

It’s necessary for the canine to maintain training with the same trainers to provide continuity of training, said officials.

To contact Teresa Yinmeng Liu, email or call 530-477-4236.

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