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.