The regulatory license fee for the sale of alcoholic beverages in the city of Elizabethtown will be increased to 5 percent on all products.

Elizabethtown City Council approve­d the ordinance dur­ing its meeting Monday. The first reading of the ordinance was Sept. 30.

The ordinance changes the fee from 4 percent to 5 percent on gross sales of all alcoholic beverages sold by the drink or package in the city, effective Jan. 1.

The ordinance said the city has reviewed the regulatory license fee revenues from the prior fiscal year and the expenditures related to the additional policing, regulatory and administrative expenses related to the sale of alcoholic beverages within the city.

With the 4 percent fee, City Ad­min­i­strator Ed Poppe previously said the city took in around $800,000. In contrast, the city spends in excess of $1 million handling responsibilities related to alcohol sales including law enforcement.

According to the ordinance, the city is authorized to impose a regulatory license fee on the sale of alcoholic beverages at each establishment licensed to sell alcoholic beverages pursuant to KRS 243.075 and Ordinance 23-2019 Section 17.

Council members also had second reading and approval of an ordinance that modifies hours of sale of alcoholic beverages to 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Saturday, forbids alcoholic beverages in park­ing areas, requires defined visible boundary in any outdoor serving area and establishes procedure for the ABC administrator to follow.

The vote on both of the ordinances was unanimous. Councilwoman Cindy Walker was not present.

Also at Elizabethtown City Council, Mayor Jeff Gregory said trick or treating in the city this year is from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Gregory also reminded residents about a community forum regarding the effects of vaping held by the Lincoln Trail District Health Department is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Pritchard Community Center.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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