City Council discusses vendor lists
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
May 13, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The city’s business license ordinance, which requires license holders to provide the city with a vendor list, was once again a topic for discussion, which was broached by City Council Member Susan Bryant, when the Cadiz City Council met last Tuesday at City Hall.

Bryant said that after getting several phone calls from business owners in Cadiz about the vendor list requirement, she asked Cadiz City Attorney Alan Wilson to look into the vendor list requirement.

Wilson told council members that the vendor list isn’t part of the state statute that deals with business license ordinances for cities, therefore cities in Kentucky are not required by law to require vendor lists.

“It’s perfectly legal [for cities] to require that information, but it’s an optional provision,” Wilson said.

Bryant said she thinks the vendor list requirement puts a burden on small business owners in the city by requiring them to provide the list, and added that she thinks it could add more costs to products and services. She went on to say that the provision could be changed, but the fact that some people have already given the city vendor lists would be a problem.

“I understand why it might be a wise thing to do, in terms of taxes,” Bryant said. “But … I’ve told people it was the law, and that therefore, there was nothing we could do about it.”

Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey, Cadiz City Clerk Lisa Rogers and Wilson all said that they have been told more than once that the vendor list is a requirement, and Rogers added that the vendor list helps city officials make sure everyone is paying a business license fee.

“We’re not enforcing the vendor list … If I was in business, and you said, ‘Give me a list of your vendors,’ I could give you six names and say, ‘That’s it,’” said Bailey.

City Council Member Frankie Phillips said he had his doubts as to whether the provision actually adds more costs to products and services. Phillips went on to say that the vendor list won’t cause businesses to pay twice the amount of taxes.

Bryant said she didn’t think business would pay twice the amount of taxes, but would instead “pay twice on the same amount.”

City Council Members Todd King and Bob Noel both said that the provision should be reviewed, and City Council Member Manuel Brown said he was in favor of leaving the vendor list requirement in the ordinance and simply not enforcing it strictly.

At Bailey’s request, the city council’s finance committee will discussed the language in the ordinance that relates to the vendor list at a special called meeting Tuesday morning (see page A2 for story).

In other news, Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler said the city received $131,709 in reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for ice storm damage cleanup.

Fowler also said that bids will be opened up for the Safe Routes to School Project to build a new sidewalk and walking trail along LaFayette Street at 10 a.m. Friday. The Trigg County Board of Education approved of the sidewalk and walking trail at its last meeting, on Thursday, May 23.

Rogers said a special called city council meeting will be needed to approve the bids for the Safe Routes to School grant, in order to allow work to begin right after the end of the school year.

Also, Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar said the Renaissance Program will be getting $4,800 from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for the Senior Women, Infants and Children vouchers program.
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