CHARLESTON -- Officials are looking to open up the city for brew pubs or craft brewers to have the chance to come in, based on motions up for City Council votes today.

Council members are scheduled to take action on two measures that would establish a new liquor license geared specifically for these two types of establishments at 6:30 p.m. today on the second floor of Charleston’s City Hall, 520 Jackson Ave.

Should the council OK the move, brew pub license holders will be able to “manufacture malt liquors or fermented malt beverages upon (their) licensed premises.”

City Clerk Deborah Muller said the city has received inquiries from local license holders to offer this type of license. Muller noted that the city has received requests in the past as well to include this on their roster of available licenses. The city is following suit behind other communities that have opened up to the inclusion of the license, she said.

She added that brew pubs are “popular in college towns.”

The council also is set to vote to potentially approve the $4.6 million tax levy for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The total levy shows a more than $120,000 increase from last year’s tax levy. The tax levy is simply what the city is asking for though, and does not reflect what they will actually receive in taxes.

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Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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