A proposed business licensing fee for Tillamook County met with voluminous and vociferous public backlash at a public hearing at the board of county commissioners meeting on November 30.
Business owners from up and down the county came out for the 9 a.m. meeting and unanimously derided the proposal, leading Board Chair David Yamamoto to cancel a previously scheduled public hearing in favor of forming a working group on the issue.
The proposed license would have been required for all businesses operating in the county, with limited exceptions.
Applicants for the license would have needed to certify their compliance with state, federal and local laws and pay an annual licensing fee between $75 and $300 depending on their number of employees.
The licensing program would have been administered by the Tillamook…