Annual fees for Casper ‘businesses affecting public health’ may be imposed

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CASPER, Wyo. — A new $25 annual fee is proposed for campgrounds, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, tattoo and cosmetic shops.

These businesses will be added to the City of Casper’s rules for “businesses affecting public health” if the city council approves the proposal on one further reading.

They voted to approve the changes on second reading during their Tuesday, Aug. 20 meeting.

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Mobile food vendors would be removed from having to pay fees under the ordinance and the change would eliminate the need for them to receive health inspections from the city, needing such inspection only from the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.

The proposed ordinance would also remove businesses from listing such as laundries, public showers, dry cleaning and senior care centers. These businesses are currently required to pay $10 annual fees under the ordinance.

Other businesses already included in the ordinance will see no annual fee changes. Swimming pools, grocery stores and other food-related businesses are required to pay a $75 annual fee. Supermarkets and grocery stores have to pay an additional $25 for meat markets, bakeries and delicatessens.

Bars and restaurants have to pay $100 annual fees. They pay an extra $25 if restaurants serve alcohol or if bars serve food.

City Manager Carter Napier has said that the purpose of the annual fees are to ensure that the city has a record of the businesses and is able to conduct health inspections.