News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Augusta Commission is shaking things up for bars, restaurants and liquor stores. The extra ingredients include additional cash.
"I don't like it and it's counter intuitive to try and bring business downtown to raise fees," said bar owner Brian Mitchell.
Mitchell has owned the Cotton Patch for 20 years. He is not in favor of raising all liquor license fee's by 10 percent. He said it could stop their financial flow.
"If I have a $6,000 liquor license and all the fee's go up by 10 percent that's $600. It's about $50 bucks a month," said Mitchell.
Under the proposal, retail beer licenses for liquor stores, bars and restaurants would go up from $665 to $735. More than 14 different fees are going up which means an extra $140,000 could be on hand for the city.
If bar owners are paying more for their liquor, customers could be paying more for their drinks.
"This isn't to create hardship for anybody, We are in a position now that we have to make some tough decisions," said Commissioner Corey Johnson.
Those tough decisions already have property owners paying more,bar owners and their customers could be following suit. The full commission will vote on the ordinance next week and if approved the fee's go into effect Dec. 1, 2014.