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Fee-free liquor permits

St. Charles County officials have agreed to waive liquor license fees for concessions operated by the city of St. Charles Parks and Recreation Department for the next year. And county officials may consider the same fee waiver for other county municipalities if they request it.

The County Council approved a bill at its June 29 meeting that waives the liquor license fees paid by the city for providing beer and other alcoholic beverages at Blanchette, McNair, Mueller and Wapelhorst parks from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

Councilman Joe Cronin (District 1) said he had no opposition to the waiver but asked if the same offer could be made to other cities in the county. Joann Leykam, the county’s director of administration, said none of the other cities in the county had asked for a waiver as of the June 29 meeting. However, she did say that the county could consider other legislation that could cover waivers for other cities at a future time.

County Executive Steve Ehlmann noted that the waiver arrangement with the city of St. Charles was reciprocal. The city doesn’t charge the county liquor license fees for the Family Arena, which is owned by the county.

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