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Marshall sets hearing date on liquor license fees

MARSHALL — The city of Marshall will be holding a hearing next month to discuss a proposed increase in liquor license fees for local businesses.

At Tuesday’s Marshall City Council meeting, council members approved a date of July 23 for the hearing.

The hearing date was approved as part of the council’s consent agenda, and the proposed fee changes weren’t discussed by the council at the meeting. On May 21, the council’s Ways and Means Committee voted to recommend increased fees for on-sale liquor licenses, both off-sale and on-sale licenses for 3.2% malt liquor, and temporary on-sale permits, said Marshall City Clerk Steven Anderson. The on-sale license fee for intoxicating liquor would increase to $3,500 from the current fee of $3,000. The off-sale fee for 3.2% malt liquor would go from $90 up to $150, while the on-sale fee would go from $250 up to $300. The fee for a temporary on-sale permit would increase to $75, up from $30.

Minnesota statutes require a public hearing to be held for increases to on-sale and off-sale license fees for 3.2% malt liquor and intoxicating liquor. Under the law, businesses that have 3.2% malt liquor and intoxicating liquor licenses also need to be notified of the hearing at least 30 days ahead of time.

It has been more than five years since Marshall last changed its liquor license fees. In 2018, the city increased its brewer tap room fee from $250 to $500, and also lowered on-sale liquor license fees from $4,200 to $3,000, council agenda materials said.

However, there was no hearing held on the 2018 fee adjustments, agenda materials said. The state requirements for a hearing don’t cover brewer tap room fees, or license fees going down.

There are currently 14 businesses in Marshall that have an intoxicating liquor license, 11 businesses that hold an off-sale license for 3.2% malt liquor, three businesses with an on-sale license for 3.2% malt liquor, and two businesses with an on-sale license for wine.

The hearing on the liquor license fee increases will be at 5:30 p.m. on July 23.

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