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New, significantly higher liquor license fee takes effect in Brandon

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If you wanted to open your own bar/restaurant in the city of Brandon, there's a new fee.

And there are some that aren't happy about it.

Last month, council members voted 4-2 in favor of a liquor license fee increase from $8785 to $125,000. That new fee is a lot higher than that of similar-sized surrounding cities.

As of now, councilors say there's only one license available.

There are several factors that go into this particular increase. One of the biggest factors includes how close Brandon is to Sioux Falls with what councilors call a similar market place and value.

With that, the city wants its market value to reflect how it sells liquor licenses. With the old fee of around $8,785, a much bigger increase was long overdue.

Now that it's approved, councilors want something that's going to bring big economic impact, including jobs, which keep people visiting Brandon.

One woman, Ann Evangelisto, has been waiting over a year to be granted her license and jumped through every hoop to do so, including writing the check for $8785.

Her goal is to open a neighborhood bar and grill and, with experience owning her own business, she knows what it takes to do that.

"I think we need to promote local, small business. That's what Brandon has been thriving for years. I think the tradition should continue and I would like to help do that," Ann Evangelisto said.

Her building and floor plans show the new business doing right behind her current one, Brandon First Stop.

At the Brandon City Council meeting,  Monday, all six councilors will vote on whether they'll grant Evangelisto her license at the price they quoted her back in 2010, around $8,785.

She's remaining cautiously optimistic while hoping it lands in her favor so she can bring more business to Brandon.

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