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Lawmakers reject hike to liquor license fees

January 31, 2002

Lawmakers reject hike to liquor license fees



ANNAPOLIS - Washington County lawmakers Wednesday rejected a request to increase liquor license fees.

Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, asked the local delegation to the Maryland General Assembly to turn down the request because it came in too late for public input.

The vote was unanimous.

The Washington County Board of License Commissioners, commonly known as the liquor board, had asked to increase fees for the three types of pouring licenses and the license that allows Sunday sales.

Under the proposal, annual beer pouring licenses would have gone from $100 to $250; annual beer and wine pouring licenses would have gone from $150 to $450; and annual beer, wine and liquor pouring licenses would have gone from $500 to $700.

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Establishments would have had to pay $350 instead of $250 to sell alcohol on Sundays.

Projections show the liquor board's $162,000 budget will fall $223 short this fiscal year, which runs through March.

The fee increases would have raised nearly $30,000.

- Laura Ernde

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