Supervisors to consider changes to county’s licenses for peddlers

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Mar 27, 2013 - 01:16 PM

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on an ordinance amending the county’s code regarding licenses for peddlers and itinerant merchants. The regular meeting will begin at 7 o’clock, with the hearing starting at 8.

The amendments may include an umbrella license, covering all participating itinerant merchants, according to county attorney Ted Wilmot. The license may be obtained for any event at which more than two itinerant merchants participate in the same general location for a period of five or fewer consecutive days.

The proposed change also states the license tax imposed on peddlers or itinerant merchants or on peddlers at wholesale should not apply to vendors at any event sponsored by the county or the county school board, or any or all similar agencies or vendors at any event sponsored by any authentic religious or charitable 501(c)(3) organization.

Currently, Wilmot said nonexempt itinerant merchants are assessed a $500 annual tax with no provision for an umbrella license covering multiple merchants. There is also no current exemption for county or school events or for religious or charitable organizations.

The board is also expected to continue its discussion on the county administrator’s proposed fiscal year 2013-14 budget Tuesday night.