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State takes over business license applications
Beginning in mid-November, business owners will apply or renew all their licenses through the state Department of Revenue's business licensing service. The city council voted their final approval of the switch Wednesday.
New application fees previously were $75, renewal fees were $50; both fees will now be $65.
Businesses can now manage their licenses in a "one-stop shop," according to City Clerk Jill Boltz -- city, county and specialty licenses -- by visiting http://bls.dor.wa.gov/startbusiness.aspx. Boltz said business owners may still pick up applications at City Hall, but will mail the application with payment to the Department of Revenue.
Residents should still contact the City Clerk's office for information up until the change takes affect on or before Nov. 14. The city retains the ability to approve or deny any city business, according to Boltz.
The council also approved two real estate motions after an executive session. The current Police Station, 367 NE Hostmark, is up for sale for $1,050,000. The building is approximately 3,800 square feet. The city has also lowered the price to lease the Public Works Administration building, from over $1/per square foot to $.90/per square foot.