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Business licenses, Duke Street improvements on Beaufort City Council agenda

Beaufort officials are starting a discussion on how to update the city's business license ordinance during City Council's meetings tonight.

Tonight's work session will focus mainly on the language of the ordinance and lead into a conversation next month on fees and costs, city manager Scott Dadson said.

Last week during its annual retreat, council discussed a need to look into additional revenue sources as the city faces decreased property tax revenue and the end of a special tax district that was paying for services in downtown.

The work session begins at 5 p.m. in the planning conference room of City Hall, 1911 Boundary St. It also includes an update on plans for the downtown farmers market and the mooring field the city is planning.

At 7 p.m., council will move upstairs to council chambers for the regular meeting, which will include committing $50,000 to match 10 percent of a grant for Phase II of the Duke Street improvement project.

A closed meeting to discuss personnel will follow.

Check back with The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet tonight for the full story from the meeting and follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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