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Is the Occupational Tax fair?

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September 18, 2007

Albany - City leaders want to make sure a new occupational tax proposal will be fair to businesses of all sizes. Currently, each business in Albany is charged a business fee, for a business license.

The city is considering changing the process businesses go through to make it simpler, and changing the name to an occupational tax. But there's some resistance, with some groups saying the tax will be unfair to small and minority owned businesses.

Commissioner Bo Dorough said, "We want the residents to understand we're not trying to generate anymore tax revenue. We're just trying to be fair in the way the occupational tax is administered."

A public hearing is scheduled to discuss the occupational tax at 6PM Tuesday (Sept. 18th) at the government center.

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