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City asked to help enforce restaurant health inspection fees
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Dec 05, 2013 | 1414 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The main topic of discussion at a recent meeting of Gray’s committees concerned the addition of a stipulation of payment of health department inspection fees to the city’s occupational tax.

The annual payment of the occupational tax is required of any business operating in the City of Gray or Jones County and it is commonly referred to as a business license.

Environmental specialist Floyd Comer of the Jones County Board of Health brought the request to the city’s Nov. 18 committee meetings. He explained that because of state law, the inspection fees cannot be tied to the issuance of the health permits that must be posted in restaurants for them to be open for business.

“We were under the impression that, if they didn’t pay their inspection fee, we could revoke their permit, but the law says you can’t deny service because of their inability to pay,” he said.

Comer said he went to the Jones County Board of Commissioners with the problem and they agreed to add the provision to their business license. He said the resolution to add the requirement of paying the health inspection fee was passed in August.

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