Rome City Commission unanimously OKs refunding alcohol pouring license fees to area restaurants for 2 months during COVID-19 shutdown. Total for all city restaurants combined: $41,000.

Rome City Commission unanimously OKs refunding alcohol pouring license fees to area restaurants for 2 months during COVID-19 shutdown. Total for all city restaurants combined: $41,000.

Rome City commissioners on Monday approved a refund for restaurants that were hit by the shelter-in-place/closures during the initial coronavirus response in the community.

Originally proposed by Commissioner Mark Cochran and later approved by both the Alcohol Control Commission and the Finance Committee, the rebate will amount to around $41,000 in all for all city restaurants.

The breakdown, per Finance Chair Craig McDaniel:

  • $246.60 if the restaurant has a beer pouring license. (58 establishments)
  • $246.60 if the restaurant has a wine pouring license. (46 establishments).
  • $411.11 if the restaurant ha a liquor pouring license. (37 establishments).

It breaks down to around $41,000 in rebates with checks being cut as soon as Friday. The motion was proposed, seconded and approved unanimously.

It follows a fiery previous City Commission meeting where members voted 5-3 to reject a 60-day test of open container policies among downtown restaurants.


The Rome City Commission is meeting now in the Sam King Room of City Hall. You can watch it at Facebook Live.

 

 

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