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Tobacco, alcohol licenses net nearly $300,000 for Woodbury

Tobacco and alcohol license renewals will account for nearly $300,000 of the City of Woodbury’s annual revenue in 2015.

Since the beginning of the year, the Woodbury City Council has approved the renewal of 60 liquor licenses and 22 tobacco licenses. 

Liquor licenses in the city of Woodbury expire on March 31 of each year. A total of 42 license renewals were approved by the city council at the Feb. 25 meeting, for a total of $183,500. Another 18 liquor licenses were renewed at the March 25 meeting, netting another $104,300. 

In full, liquor license renewals will account for an accumulated $287,800 in revenue this year.

A total of 19 tobacco license renewals were approved at the Feb. 5 city council meeting, yielding $4,750 in revenue. Another three licenses were renewed, for a cumulative $750, at the March 25 meeting. Tobacco licenses likewise expire on March 31 of each year. 

Together, the revenue received through liquor and tobacco licenses renewed this year will total $293,000. Those dollars are placed in the city’s General Fund. 

The number of liquor or tobacco licenses held in the city of Woodbury is always subject to change, as new businesses open or existing businesses close. For instance, at the March 25 meeting, city council members also approved liquor licenses for the new Tamarack Taproom, and a tobacco license for Jerry’s Foods. Both new businesses are scheduled to open in April.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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