Below is the resolution regarding the ABC's $75 Licensing Fee for Outdoor Dining:
THE BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS OF THE COUNTY OF WARREN
Wayne Dumont, Jr. Administration Building
165 County Route 519, South Belvidere, NJ 07823
On motion by ___________________, seconded by ___________________ the following resolution was adopted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Warren at a meeting held June 10, 2020.
RESOLUTION OF THE WARREN COUNTY BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS TO REIMBURSE WARREN COUNTY LOCAL RESTAURANTS AND BARS THE SUM OF SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS ($75.00) AS A RESULT OF THE SPECIAL FEE/TAX IMPOSED BY THE NEW JERSEY STATE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMMISSION FOR THE ABILITY TO SERVE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
OUTSIDE THEIR LICENSED PREMISES
WHEREAS, the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Warren understand the financial destruction that the COVID19/Pandemic has imposed upon local businesses in the County of Warren; and
WHEREAS, the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders have created an Economic Development Advisory Committee to help foster and encourage opportunities for local businesses; and
WHEREAS, the Pandemic and concomitant closure of local restaurants and bars has had a chilling and devastating financial effect upon local business owners and their employees; and
WHEREAS, the New Jersey State Alcoholic Beverage Commission has imposed a seventy-five dollar ($75.00) licensing fee and/or additional tax for establishments who will soon be able to serve alcoholic beverages outside their licensed premises within the guidelines for social distancing and Executive Order 150 imposed by the Governor; and
WHEREAS, this additional fee and/or tax creates an additional burden and hardship to proprietors of establishments which have been closed for ninety (90) or more days; and
WHEREAS, the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders understand the concerns of local business owners and are concerned for their economic viability and have determined that available funds to cover this unnecessary excessive fee/tax are available in the account of the Economic Development Advisory Committee; and
WHEREAS, the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders will tender payment for this unnecessary fee/tax to the Municipal Clerks of each Warren County municipality for those businesses to serve the public via outdoor dining and consumption of alcohol and in conformance with all Executive Orders from the State.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Warren in the State of New Jersey as follows:
- The Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders will tender payment for all Warren County restaurants whom desire to open under the Governors Executive Order 150 to serve the public alcoholic beverages at outdoor settings the sum of seventy-five dollars ($75.00) per licensee to offset the fee/tax imposed by the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Commission as it has been determined that this fee/tax creates an unnecessary burden on businesses located in the County of Warren.
- A copy of this duly certified resolution will be served upon Municipal Clerks for each Warren County Municipality who may also adopt a Resolution allowing participation in this program.
- Annexed to this Resolution is a certificate from the County Treasurer indicating the availability of funds from Account No.011720 5100.
ROLL CALL: Mr. Sarnoski, Mr. Kern, Mr. Gardner
I hereby certify the above to be a true copy of a resolution adopted by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Warren on the date above mentioned.
Alex J. Lazorisak