To ensure that all Star Valley businesses are officially on the town roster, Star Valley town clerk Sarah Luckie led a two day, door-to-door canvass Tuesday and Wednesday to hand out proper licensing forms to business owners in Star Valley.
The forms include a $50 licensing fee and ensure that a business permit valid until the end of 2007 will be issued for each business. Businesses that serve alcohol have an additional $100 fee. Any business that does not comply with the licensing process could be fined up to $2,500, Luckie said.
"I don't have any problem paying it," said Bill Armstrong, owner of Bill Armstrong Jewelry and Pawn, of the licensing fee. "What's fair for one is fair for all."
Star Valley town manager Vito Tedeschi said the business license permit drive is not being done in an effort to raise revenue for the town, but to establish a registry of businesses and to verify zoning compliance.
"The licensing fees will only generate about $3,000 for the town," Tedeschi said. "It's not about the revenue."
Building inspector Karl Reed, who accompanied Luckie, said that the process is important because Star Valley is now an incorporated town.
"We need to get up-to-date," Reed said.
Luckie and Reed walked from one business to the next for about five hours on Tuesday in a painstakingly detailed process to assure that as many businesses as possible would be given the licensing forms.
Luckie said she hopes that every business will be accounted for by the end of the month.
"Everything went really well," Luckie said. "The business owners were very receptive."
Luckie and Reed visited about 30 businesses, about half of the businesses in town on the two-day excursion.
Businesses that only offer services and don't sell products are still required to register for a license, Luckie said.
"We've already had 21 businesses comply on a volunteer basis, but they are mostly businesses operated out of homes," Luckie said. "This is still an ongoing process because we still have many businesses to go."