The regular Cape Girardeau City Council meeting Monday included the first reading of the amended budget for the fiscal year that has just ended. The discussion of the future of taxes on hotels, motels and restaurants' gross receipts was held during the 5pm study session, as well as some proposed changes to the city’s nuisance ordinances. The 30-year-old license tax on hotels, motels and restaurants' gross receipts is up for renewal by the council. Several council members questioned the need for renewal at the last June meeting, and other council members expressed their feeling that the tax could be useful in funding other projects. If the taxes are to be renewed, it would need to go before Cape Girardeau voters. During the study session, the history of the tax and which projects it has funded were reviewed. The City’s nuisance ordinances were reviewed at the suggestion of an employee committee, in order to increase their strength and possibly increase fines for violations.
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