Alcohol licenses, occupation tax hearing on Decatur City Commission agenda

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 18, 2016
Decatur City Hall.

Decatur City Hall.

The Decatur City Commission will consider granting two alcohol licenses and will hold a special hearing on occupational taxes at its regular meeting on April 18.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.


City Commissioners will consider an alcohol license for a new sushi restaurant, Brush Sushi Izakaya, which recently opened in the space formerly occupied by the Houndstooth Road bike shop. There will also be an application for a one-day special event permit for the Cinco de Mile 5K, an event that will be held on May 14, 2016. The event will be held in in the parking lot of the Matador at 350 Mead Road in Oakhurst. The event will benefit the Madison Avenue Community Fund, the same organization behind the Madison Avenue Soapbox Derby.

The city is holding a required public hearing because it collected more in occupational taxes in Fiscal Year 2015 than Fiscal Year 2014. In FY 14 the city collected $502,000 in occupational taxes. In FY 15, the city collected $514,000. City code requires a public hearing when the city collects more in occupational taxes than it did the previous fiscal year ” as a part of the process of determining how to use the additional revenue.”

“Overall, the increase was the result of more business activity and improved collection rates,” a memo to city commissioners says. “There were no changes in occupation tax rates during the time period. Specific factors behind the difference in revenues in FY14-15 compared to the prior year follow in order of importance.”

– A 30 percent increase in the number of lawyers billed

– A 15 percent decrease in occupation taxes remitted by local banks

– An increase in the number and the collection rate for non-lawyer professionals

– Approximately 90 additional insurance companies wrote policies in Decatur

– An increased collection rate on office-based businesses from 92 to 96 percent

Source: City of Decatur

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