County commissioners, in their role as the liquor board, voted 3-2 Thursday to raise liquor license fees, some for the first time in 20 years.
The action drew discussion from bar and restaurant owners objecting to increased costs in a fragile economy, and from two commissioners who were concerned the hikes are across-the-board rather than a tiered approach.
The vote to raise the fees followed the board's unanimous approval of a complete overhaul of regulations on liquor sale licenses.
"The fees are not a revenue generator," said Assistant District Attorney Michael McCormick in his last official appearance before he retired. …