PEORIA (WEEK) - Peoria City Council met around the horseshoe for the first time in 2021 Tuesday. The council voted unanimously to reduce liquor license fees and video gaming fees by 50%.
Council member Sid Ruckriegel spearheaded the effort to get the ordinance passed. He cited financial struggles for area bars and restaurants amid the COVID crisis as basis for reducing the fees for 2021.
The ordinance does not apply to package liquor sales. Businesses such as grocery stores, liquor stores, and convenience stores that sell alcohol will not see a reduction in their fees that range between $2000-$3000 per year.
City Manager Patrick Urich said Tuesday these fee reductions will add up to about $200,000 between liquor and gaming that the city will miss out on in 2020. Liquor license fees range from $200 for a beer garden to $3,500 for a 4:00 AM license. Video gaming license fees are $500 per gaming terminal.
Businesses that qualify for the reduced fees for 2021 must follow the state's COVID mitigation measures. If a business is found to have violated any regulations at any time past or future, then they will then be required to pay the full price for licensure.