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Potential fee revenue added to cannabis report

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The Orchard City Town Board is scheduled to hear a further report from the Cannabis Revenue Committee -- trustees Tom Huerkamp and Gynee Thomassen -- on potential town revenue from licensing fees on marijuana business at its regular Aug. 9 meeting.

The draft report update is a one-page document dealing with "manufacturing, testing, and transport licenses."

Trustees had a wide-ranging discussion of marijuana business issues at their work session on Aug. 2. A number of issues discussed in previous meetings were revisited. Some points were emphasized. For instance, Huerkamp stated repeatedly that his and Thomassen's directive from the board was to examine potential sources of revenue available to the town from allowing marijuana businesses to operate in Orchard City. Trustee Craig Fuller argued that political and policy recommendations in the committee's original report, such as the quick repeal of the town's current bans on marijuana business, are unnecessary.

Trustee Gary Tollefson advocated for the town board to look seriously again at all possible sources of revenue including taxes so that voters have more than just one option. He was promised figures on the subject from town staff.

In separate matters at the work session trustees discussed the possibility of hosting constituent open houses for discussion of issues, and the annual town picnic was set for Saturday, Aug. 19, at Orchard City Town Park.

The August regular meeting agenda also includes business items concerning "disconnection by ordinance," fees for subdivision and land use regulations, a girls' softball lease, and a boundary adjustment.

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