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City Council Supports Miller Avenue Businesses with Tax Exemption Program

January 23, 2018

At their regular meeting on January 16, the Mill Valley City Council approved a Resolution authorizing a temporary Business License Tax Exemption Program for Miller Avenue Area Businesses.

Guided by the Mill Valley General Plan goal to maintain a strong, diverse, and vibrant local economy, Councilmembers signaled their interest in supporting Mill Valley's small-town character by supporting local businesses impacted by the 2016-2017 Miller Avenue Streetscape Project. Throughout the project, City and Construction Management staff diligently worked to mitigate impacts during construction to the local businesses, and worked with the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce to promote and support local businesses through the MillerUP Business Support Program.

The Business License Exemption Program will exempt up to $500 of the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year Business License tax for all Qualified Businesses along the Miller Avenue construction corridor, from Camino Alto to Sunnyside.

Qualified Businesses include businesses on side streets such as La Goma, Montford, Willow and Locust, but shall not include businesses with Camino Alto addresses, commercial or residential landlords, or home occupation businesses.

Qualified Businesses will receive instructions on how to calculate their Business License Tax with their annual Business License application. 

This program will result in the total elimination of the Business License Tax for 200 out of 264 qualifying businesses in the Miller-impacted corridor (76%) and a $500 reduction for the remaining 64. The $500 threshold was identified as it relates to small businesses.