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File #: 39140    Version: Name: Restructuring sidewalk cafe license fees
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/30/2015 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 10/20/2015 Final action: 10/20/2015
Enactment date: 10/29/2015 Enactment #: ORD-15-00120
Title: A SUBSTITUTE ALTERNATE Amending Sections 9.13(5)(c), 9.13(6)(h)3.a.iv., and 9.13(6)(h)3.a.v. of the Madison General Ordinances to create a per-square-foot license fee for all sidewalk cafés and increasing the license fees for Mall/Concourse sidewalk cafes in the State Street Mall/Capitol Concourse Vending Area.
Sponsors: Michael E. Verveer, Zach Wood
Attachments: 1. Sidewalk Cafe fees staff report.7.1.15, 2. BID_BOD_LegID39140_SidewalkCafeFeesReport.pdf, 3. BID_BOD_AUG15_SpeakerRegistrations.pdf, 4. Fromagination.Madison Common Council.Ordinance Amdt. 39140.08.18.15.pdf, 5. Version 1, 6. Version 2 Alternate, 7. Version 3 -Substitute Alternate
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
10/20/20153 COMMON COUNCIL AdoptPass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/6/20152 COMMON COUNCIL Refer to a future Meeting to AdoptPass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/30/20152 VENDING OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE    Not available Meeting details Not available
9/28/20151   RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT - REPORT OF OFFICER  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/28/20152 BOARD OF ESTIMATES (ended 4/2017) RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL WITH THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS - REPORT OF OFFICERPass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/17/20151 DOWNTOWN COORDINATING COMMITTEE Return to Lead with the Recommendation for ApprovalPass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/16/20151 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Return to Lead with the Following Recommendation(s)Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/20/20151 DOWNTOWN COORDINATING COMMITTEE Re-referPass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/7/20151 VENDING OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE Refer  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/7/20151 VENDING OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE Refer  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/7/20151 VENDING OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE Refer  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/7/20151 COMMON COUNCIL ReferredPass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/30/20151 Attorney's Office Referred for Introduction  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
FISCAL NOTE PENDING

Version 1 Fiscal Note
The proposed amendment will shift the permit fee schedule for sidewalk cafés from a per chair model to a square footage fee structure. Under the proposed amendment annual licenses for sidewalk café permits within the Mall/Concourse Area will be $13 per square foot. This change will be phased in over the course of two years; during 2016 and 2017 the fee will be $5 per square foot. During 2016 and 2017 under the $5 fee, the projected increase in revenue is approximately $42,910. Once fully implemented at $13/square foot, the projected increase in revenue is $198,167 annually.
The increased fee revenue would be incorporated into the General Fund; however, it is the Mayor’s intent that these funds be used for such activities as improving the downtown pedestrian experience, additional support for Mall Maintenance, and creating/providing programming for State Street and the Capitol Square. These funds would be prioritized and authorized during the annual operating budget process.

Alternate Version Fiscal Note
The table below outlines the revenue estimates under the proposed alternate fee schedule.

Year Fee Amount Increased Rev
2016 $4.50 $35,142
2017 $5.00 $42,910
2018 $5.50 $54,322


Title
A SUBSTITUTE ALTERNATE Amending Sections 9.13(5)(c), 9.13(6)(h)3.a.iv., and 9.13(6)(h)3.a.v. of the Madison General Ordinances to create a per-square-foot license fee for all sidewalk cafés and increasing the license fees for Mall/Concourse sidewalk cafes in the State Street Mall/Capitol Concourse Vending Area.
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DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This ordinance changes the sidewalk café license fee structure. Currently, the annual license fee is determined by the number of chairs that can be seated in the café. Under this ordinance, the fee would be calculated using the square foot measurement of the approved café space. Beginning with the adoption of this ordinance and through the 2016 vending season, the license fee for sid...

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