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City can apply pressure to get funds

Published 12:01am Thursday, September 13, 2012

Peer pressure is a phrase that often gets unfairly cast in a negative light because it’s usually used when referencing bad behavior among adolescents.

Peer pressure can be a good, even lucrative, thing when used appropriately and intelligently.

We encourage the City of Natchez to consider using a bit of peer pressure as it attempts to reign in poor enforcement of the city’s own business license fees.

The city, led by Mayor Butch Brown, who seems to have the knack for sniffing out money owed to the city, has recently announced plans to try and locate all businesses within the city who are operating without a “privilege” license — and possibly not paying state sales tax, either. Both practices pull money from city and state coffers and are violations of the law.

Why not publish the list of businesses that are in compliance once a year as a public notice in the newspaper?

If the problem is rampant, it is, at least in part, the city’s own fault — late Wednesday, for example, the link to the privilege license application checklist on the city’s official website downloaded an entirely different form.

In addition, previous enforcement efforts seem non-existent, or at the least, rarely publicized.

Because of that, why not offer a 30-day amnesty period to encourage businesses to step forward and do the right thing?

After that, take it a step further, and offer a reward for residents who turn over the names of businesses operating without a license.

Most businesses will do the right thing, particularly when they know their peers are watching.

Much work remains to get the city in fully functioning order again, but getting the laws already on the books enforced again — particularly those that generate revenue — is a great start.

  • Anonymous

    If this amnesty proposal works as good as the justice court fines, it won’t get you anywhere.

  • Anonymous

    WE DON’T NEED ANY MORE TATTLE-TALES IN THE AREA, WE HAVE ENOUGHT OF THEM ALREADY.

  • Anonymous

    Another joke of an editorial.  I guess this paper refuses to acknowledge that the new mayor has just completely destroyed the city/county relationship.  Guess that’s not news especially since this paper continues to endorse the mayor and believes anything and everything he does.  Proof is in their comment “has a knack for sniffing out money owed to the city.”  What exactly is this based on?  It would make more sense for them to say “he has a knack for spending money he doesn’t have.”  See Convention Center of which we still owe millions.  Pathetic….Countdown to when this paper does an editorial on the recent fire dispute that says “both parties” are at fault just so they won’t appear completely in bed with the Mayor.  Bank it, such an article is coming. 

  • Anonymous

     Wow.  Just…wow.  Some people just aren’t ready for civilization.  Why is it not surprising to me you condone criminal tax evasion.  You are not fit to live among decent people.