Speliotis said that was the first time special fees were attached to over-quota licenses in many years. Now, Beverly officials are talking about instituting new fees on all new licenses, while Peabody will charge a $5,000 origination fee for each of its 10 licenses.
Bettencourt said he didn’t want to add an “onerous” obstacle that would discourage local restaurateurs, but he wanted some measure of commitment. He said there is no plan now to raise license renewal fees in Peabody, but that might be revisited in the future.
Trask however, said that the fact that people paid hefty prices for their licenses is not something the Board of Selectmen controls. He said he isn’t aware of any plans to raise annual fees in Danvers.
Speliotis said any fees on licenses created by special legislation need to be dealt with in the legislation. If a city or town wants to raise fees, it would have to be across the board.
Danvers currently charges $4,600 for a full liquor restaurant license, Beverly’s annual fee is $2,400, and Peabody charges $2,250.
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