Inyo County Considering County-wide Business License by Deb Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

According to Forbes, most California counties require business licenses. “Exceptions to this rule are most commonly found in some unincorporated areas of rural counties,” Forbes’ website states.

Inyo fits that description, but County Treasurer Alisha McMurtrie introduced the possibility at the Inyo Board of Supervisors last week, including the creation of a working group to vet the idea and flesh out details.

McMurtrie explained the issue of business licenses came up with the need to communicate
nearly two years ago during COVID. The absence of an accurate data base on businesses made
that communication of both restrictions and relief difficult. She assured the Supervisors fees
related to both getting and renewing the license would be set to simply cover the cost.
Currently, cannabis business require licenses as do those described as “peddlers and solicitors.”

One advantage of a business data base outlined in the Board package referred to “knowing
what may be contained inside a building as critical to law enforcement during an emergency
response.”

Obviously, if the County can give a business license, it can also take it away. McMurtrie assured
the Board that reasons for revoking a license would follow a defined process. “This is not a
hammer,” McMurtrie said.

Board members were less than enthusiastic. Supervisor Rick Pucci wanted to make sure the
benefits of a license would outweigh any negatives. Jeff Griffiths supported exploring the
possibility. Jennifer Roeser was not sure there “was a compelling reason” and recommended

including business owners in the proposed working group. Matt Kingsley said he would have to
rationalize the license to businesses in his district.

The presentation was primarily to test the waters. The next step will be the working group
made up of all impacted departments.

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Maria
Maria
29 days ago

Over 200 + business closed in inyo county. BISHOP IS A EYE SORE Run down buildings. Closed & abandoned buildings. Empty lots. Buildings sitting vacant. Let’s not talk about all the useless flower pots, and ridiculous brick crap all over the sidewalks. Maybe put more stop lights in, that way… Read more »

Joseph Frank
Joseph Frank
27 days ago
Reply to  Maria

The county has no jurisdiction over the City of Bishop.

mateo
mateo
27 days ago
Reply to  Maria

Hey Maria – Why don’t you run for office and get something done besides whining?

backagain
backagain
26 days ago
Reply to  Maria

Maria, are you in Bishop CA?? That sure doesn’t sound like the Bishop CA I live in. You must be in Bishop Louisiana.

Maria
Maria
25 days ago
Reply to  backagain

And you must be blind. Or don’t get outside.
Clean your glasses? Ohh those EMPTY buildings must be the new matrix?

Maria
Maria
26 days ago
Reply to  Maria

For you cry- baby’s there’s also 200+ business CLOSED Throughout the county.
Yet your stoll eating smores

David Dennison
David Dennison
25 days ago
Reply to  Maria

Maria Part of the problem and reason for that, the high prices many business’ are and were charging.. Catering and relying on the “tourist trade” more so than the locals. So many, and too many examples to mention. Think I should buy a 4 ounce tube of Fix-o-dent for $9.00… Read more »

Ask a Parent
Ask a Parent
25 days ago
Reply to  Maria

What has that got to do with a business license? The City of Bishop already has business licenses in place. Are you implying that is what has made them all close down? Run down buildings generally belong to landlords who don’t care about anything but collecting rent, and most businesses… Read more »

Low
Low
24 days ago
Reply to  Maria

Per census.gov, Inyo County has a total of 486 businesses. Do you have a source for your “200+ businesses closed” or are you just being an alarmist?

Last edited 24 days ago by Low
mateo
mateo
23 days ago
Reply to  Low

Right? I imagine it’s hard to pull good data on the number of businesses opening or closing because THERE ARE NO BUSINESS LICENSES.

Pedro
Pedro
22 days ago
Reply to  Low

Inyo County is 156 years old. So more than 200 is probably accurate.