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(A) No license or other fee established by the city shall exceed any limit established by M.S. Ch. 340A, as it may be amended from time to time, for a liquor license.
(B) The Council may establish from time to time in the Ordinance Establishing Fees and Charges the fee for any of the liquor licenses it is authorized to issue. The license fee may not exceed the cost of issuing the license and other costs directly related to the enforcement of the liquor laws and this chapter. No liquor license fee shall be increased without providing mailed notice of a hearing on the proposed increase to all affected licensees at least 30 days before the hearing.
(C) The fee for all licenses, except temporary licenses, granted after the commencement of the license year shall be prorated on a quarterly basis.
(D) All license fees shall be paid in full at the time the application is filed with the city. If the application is denied, the license fee shall be returned to the applicant.
(E) A refund of a pro rata share of an annual license fee may occur only if authorized by M.S. § 340A.408, Subd. 5, as it may be amended from time to time.
(F) Off-sale intoxicating liquor licensees may request a reduction in their annual license fee by the amount specified in M.S. § 340A.408 if at the time of initial application or renewal they:
(1) Agree to have a private vendor approved by the city train all employees within 60 days of hire and annually thereafter in laws pertaining to the sale of alcohol, the rules for identification checks, and the responsibilities of establishments serving intoxicating liquors;
(2) Post a policy requiring identification checks for all persons appearing to be 30 years old or less;
(3) Establish a written cash award and incentive program to award employees who catch underage drinkers and a written penalty program to punish employees in the event of a failed compliance check;
(4) Failure to abide by the provisions of this division may result in suspension of the license until the conditions of the fee reduction are met and may result in suspension and/or revocation of the license pursuant to § 112.36 of this chapter.