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Nevada City Council to talk tobacoo retailers licensing, and finalize budget

Teresa Yinmeng Liu
Staff Writer

The City of Nevada City is tightening its regulations on tobacco as an effort to rein in youth smoking, officials said.

Council members on Wednesday will consider the first reading of an ordinance to expand the definition section of the tobacco licensing regulation to include electronic smoking devices and vaping products.

The proposed ordinance will also limit the number of tobacco license permits in the city to four.

The staff report cited the growing trend of vaping products in recent years and its effect on youth smoking habits, an issue addressed by Nevada County Health Coordinator Shannon Glaz during a presentation in front of the council on April 13, as the main reason for considering the ordinance.

There are currently four tobacco license retailers. If the ordinance passes, the city will no longer issue licenses in the city.

The ordinance will become effective 30 days after its adoption.

Also on Wednesday, officials will finalize a proposed draft budget for FY 2016-2017, which includes financial plans for the general fund, water and wastewater funds, as well as Measure L and Measure S.

The forecasted revenue for the next fiscal year is $3.54 million, a 3.6 percent increase from the $3.42 million of FY 2015-2016 due to anticipated surge in the collection of property taxes, transient occupancy taxes, and business licenses.

The general fund operating expenditure is projected to be $3.93 million, a 7 percent uptick from the adopted budget last year of $3.69 million. The expense is made possible by the addition of two firefighters budgeted in the general fund. Officials said the expense will be offset by a transfer of $101,000 funds from Measure L.

In other business on Wednesday, council members will also make a decision on whether to set a date for Charlotte Dewar, the owner of Marsh House, to return to the council with a modified design of the front facade of an accessory building on her property that will fit in with the plans of the neighboring buildings.

For more information, please visit: http://nevadacityca.gov/

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, email tliu@theunion.com, or call 530-477-4236.


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