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Rome to set alcohol permit, water fees Monday

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City of Rome

The Rome City Commission is expected to set the 2018 rates for alcohol sales permits and water and sewer service on Monday.

The board caucuses at 5 p.m. and starts its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 601 Broad St. Both sessions are public.

No change is scheduled for water and sewer customers, although a significant hike is proposed for commercial operations that exceed the limits on contaminants in the wastewater they discharge.

Surcharge rates will at least double — depending on the strength of the pollutants — for issues with oxygen, total suspended solids and oil and grease.

Some alcohol license-holders will likely see a decrease in their annual fees.

The city’s finance committee took recommendations from the Alcohol Control Commission to set flat rates for beer and wine pouring licenses. In the past, the charge was determined by a base rate plus the volume of alcohol sold.

Beer package sales permits, however, will jump to $1,500 a year from $850. ACC members wanted to balance out cuts elsewhere and opted to press the convenience stores, where they said most underage sales and illegal gaming occurs.

“If they pay that much, they may think twice about risking their license,” ACC member John Kendricks said at the time.

Commissioners also are expected to approve three new categories of pouring licenses.

Brewpubs and microbreweries will pay a flat rate of $2,500 a year, which covers both making the beer and selling it. Hotels, salons and other businesses also will be able to pay $500 for a permit to offer complimentary drinks.

Liquor-pouring permit fees that were based on the volume of sales will be capped at $5,000 a year.

Commissioners also are slated to approve an agreement will let The Spires make annual payments in lieu of taxes.

Berry College is building the $135 million senior living center near the old Florida Rock quarry off Redmond Circle and plans to annex the land into the city.

Under state law, the facility would be considered a tax-exempt nonprofit, according to City Attorney Andy Davis, but Berry officials are agreeing to a PILOT fee to cement the status for 10 years.

The annual amount would be set at $20,000 or $100 per occupied independent-living unit, whichever is greater. Plans call for 177 independent living units, 33 for assisted living, 34 with skilled nursing services and 33 with memory care.