A committee of Walton County Officials and residents are gathering information for a proposed business license tax program.
"What the committee is doing is they want to go to the public, have these workshops to get public input, from citizens, and business owners that are here,” said Louis Svehla, Public Information Officer for Walton County. “Based on the outcome and discussions, and what happens in the public workshop, that will determine whether or not if this ever comes before the board."
The current proposal would have business owners pay $50 their first year.
"Twenty dollars would go to the building department to pay for things you need through permitting,” said Svehla. “The next $20 would go to the Tax Collector’s office, because it is a tax program and there are fees with that. Then the last ten would go to the EDA to help with economic development in Walton County."
After the initial $50 business owners would pay a $30 annual renewal.
While some view the license as a new tax, others believe it will benefit the business owner.
"Even with our building being old, we had an inspector come in and he looked around and said we are good to go, and that is why I think it is a good idea to have a program like this,” said Angie Franklin, Owner of Busy Bee Café.
County Officials will hold a number of public hearings and workshops before making any decision on the business license proposal.