MARSHALL — The city of Marshall will hold a hearing on July 23 to discuss proposed increases in liquor license fees for local businesses. The date was approved at Tuesday’s Marshall City Council meeting as part of the council’s consent agenda, with no discussion on the proposed changes. 

On May 21, the council’s Ways and Means Committee recommended increasing fees for various liquor licenses. According to Marshall City Clerk Steven Anderson, the on-sale license fee for intoxicating liquor would rise from $3,000 to $3,500. Fees for 3.2% malt liquor would also increase: the off-sale license fee from $90 to $150, the on-sale license fee from $250 to $300, and the temporary on-sale permit fee from $30 to $75. 

Minnesota statutes mandate a public hearing for increases in on-sale and off-sale license fees for 3.2% malt liquor and intoxicating liquor. Businesses with these licenses must be notified of the hearing at least 30 days in advance. 

Marshall last revised its liquor license fees over five years ago, in 2018, when the city increased the brewer tap room fee from $250 to $500 and reduced the on-sale liquor license fees from $4,200 to $3,000. The state does not require a hearing for changes to brewer tap room fees or for fee reductions, so no hearing was held at that time. 

Currently, Marshall has 14 businesses with an intoxicating liquor license, 11 with an off-sale license for 3.2% malt liquor, three with an on-sale license for 3.2% malt liquor, and two with an on-sale license for wine. 

The hearing will take place at 5:30 p.m. on July 23.