Letter: Useful services
Editor: “Useful government services” is not an oxymoron. And not all charges paid to the government are taxes. It is possible for governments to provide valuable services at a reasonable cost (who would have thought?). As reported by the Courier on Sept. 11, the discussion by the Council suggests that the program did not live up to what businesses were told two years ago. Maybe the city should recommit to meeting those promises.
Before the Council deletes the program, I would suggest that the 5,000 licenses benefit a very wide range of stakeholders. In no particular order, the data base generated is of use to: the finance department, police and fire, building inspection, Chamber of Commerce, other local businesses, businesses looking to locate in Prescott, developers, new and potential residents — the list is long!
When some scammer walks up my driveway offering some service I don’t want, all I have to do is ask to see their business license and they are on their way.
The $175,000 collected could be used to send a ‘Business in Prescott’ newsletter to all 5,000 licensees twice a year and provide good value and a service to those businesses. A truly searchable online listing of information would be useful to new and longtime residents, for example. With a little effort and creativity, it is possible to make $35 a year a bargain for local businesses and give them a real benefit!