Located in Stark County, Perry Township became the latest to enact fees against café owners in an attempt to curtail the number of establishments in their community. The Board of Trustees recommended amending the township zoning resolution. The amendment defines what is an Internet café and recommends café owners be charged $4,000 annually plus $100 per machine. But the law is far from in effect. The resolution will now go to the Stark County Regional Planning Commission where it could be approved, rejected or amended. The commission recommendation will then go to the Perry Township zoning commission for their review. If accepted, the resolution will go back to the trustees for final approval. The law would go into effect 30 days after approved by the Board of Trustees.
Following suit, the Village Council of Navarre, located in Perry Township, okayed their legal counsel to begin drafting an ordinance that would also charge café owners fees to do business in their community. As with the Perry Township resolution, café owners would be charged $4,000 annually and $100 per machine. Council hopes to vote on this emergency legislation on February 18.