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The Statesboro City Council is expected to approve a new fee structure for its occupational tax at their meeting Tuesday morning.
    The fee, commonly referred to as a business license, would be based on the number of employees a company has in an effort to be more fair and equitable to businesses throughout the city. Currently, some small retail stores could pay about the same as large superstores.
    Under the proposed system, companies will pay a flat fee of $75 plus an additional $20 per full-time equivalent employee with a maximum total charge of $3,000. Employee figures will be based on what is reported to the Georgia Department of Labor in September of each year.
    The new plan was devised by a blue-ribbon panel appointed by Statesboro Mayor Bill Hatcher to look at the occupational tax, which hadn't been changed in more than a decade. The committee included five people from the business community and five city officials.
    The council has already approved the measure on first reading. If approved on second reading, it would take effect for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1.
    Other items on the city's agenda include:
    - a request to rezone 61.25 acres on the east side of Packinghouse Road from R-15 to R-10 to allow the construction of a single-family residential subdivision;
    - A request to rezone 21.27 acres on the west side of Veterans Memorial Parkway from residential to commercial retail to allow the construction of a commercial development;
    - A resolution transferring two lots in the Statesboro Pointe Subdivision to the Statesboro-Bulloch County Land Bank Authority for sale to Habitat for Humanity;
    - a motion to award a bid for the new police station furnishings to Contract Interiors in the amount of $167,314.37;
    - a motion to award a bid in the amount of $249,788.31 for the 911 Communications Center electronic equipment for the new police station;
    The city’s meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the city hall council chambers and is open to the public.
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