If you do business in Lakeland, it looks like the annual fee for your city occupational license is going up — but in most cases only by a few dollars and you won’t see the higher fee for about a year.
The City Commission on Tuesday approved on first reading an ordinance that increases fees an average of 5 percent. Final passage is expected Sept. 21.
The proposal (scroll down to see it) sets fees for hundreds of occupations and businesses. While the amounts vary widely, a typical fee will rise from the current $115.75 to $121.50.
State law empowers cities that collect business license fees to raise them 5 percent every two years, but it’s been three or four years since Lakeland has increased rates, Community Development Director Jim Studiale said.
The new fee schedule is expected to add an addition $70,000 to $80,000 a year to the city’s general fund, he said.
The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce has taken no position on the increase in fees, President Cory Skeates said.