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Transient merchant fees soaring in Arnolds Park

People associated with Farmers Market in the Park in Arnolds Park, Iowa are upset with a dramatic increase in the fee for a required transient merchant license.

Farmers Market in the Park received a letter from the City of Arnolds Park a few weeks back updating it on a change in the transient merchant license cost, the organization's Facebook page indicates. The city has voted to change the fee to $1,000 per day, which park organizers would sharply decrease the number of merchants over the course of an average 18 Saturdays per season. It's also noted that further research showed that other markets, including the Des Moines Farmers Market, are charged $200 for the entire season for the transient merchant license, and it's even waived altogether in other towns.

The matter is now on the agenda for the Arnolds Park City Council meeting, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in Arnolds Park City Hall.

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