2018-04-06 14:51:51 UTC
I went to the liquor store yesterday to get a special occasion permit to
sell wine at our local art festival. Last year it cost $75 for the SOP
for the three day event and was expecting about the same this year. I
was told they no longer handle them at the store level. I would have to
go online, set up an account and apply there.
Everything went fairly smoothly until I went to the check out, expecting
to be billed $75. Nope.... $450.
I went back and reviewed the application. Then I called the AGCO to
talk to a person and get some help. It turned out I had done everything
out. Since we charge admission to the event and sell alcohol, the SOP
fee is now $150 per day.
Last year we had teams of Smart Serve certified volunteers working the
three days of the event and netted only $350. The new fee means the
government will make more money of our wine sales than we do.