Palm Beach County Will Exempt Certain Businesses From "Dancing Tax"
The city of Lake Worth agreed with Benoit. And now it looks like the county is giving in.
In a letter obtained by The Juice, the assistant county attorney says the county will take steps to change the statute. The letter, from Robert P. Banks at the County Attorney's Office to Lake Worth Mayor Rene Varela, dated February 24, reads:
Dear Mayor Varela:
This letter is a follow up to my letter dated February 17, 2010 regarding the Entertainment/Dancing Tax. Please be advised that the County Attorney's Office is preparing an amendment to the Business Tax Ordinance that would exempt small restaurants and bars from the Entertainment/Dancing Tax levied by Section 17-69(8) of the Palm Beach County Code. This ordinance amendment will e brought to the Board of County Commissioners along with minor amendments to the Business Tax Ordinance.
Robert P. Banks
Assistant County Attorney
It's hard to imagine why the county would push so hard to collect what is a relatively small amount of money in lieu of the bad publicity. Benoit told me earlier this week that most of the small bars and restuarants that would have had to pay this fee--especially in her neighborhood in Lake Worth--were struggling small businesses, often without any legal representation.
So mark this as a win for the little guy.