Irvine mayor pro tem pushes to cut business license program

By Sarah de Crescenzo

Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway’s proposal to do away with the city’s business license program, which charges companies an annual fee and maintains a registry of information on local companies, is set to go up for a vote in less than two weeks.

Councilwoman Christina Shea and Councilwoman Lynn Schott voted with Lalloway on May 26 to bring to a future council meeting an ordinance that, if approved, would do away with the yearly tax.

The council is slated to decide at its June 23 meeting whether to eliminate the $51 fee, $1 of which goes to the state.

In fiscal year 2013-14, Irvine collected nearly $1 million from businesses through its license program. Running the program that year cost roughly $600,000.

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