CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- The city is open for businesses to craft and serve alcohol after a City Council vote Tuesday.

Council members OK'd two measures that establish a new liquor license for brew pubs and craft brewers for which businesses can apply. Brew pub license holders will be able to “manufacture malt liquors or fermented malt beverages upon (their) licensed premises,” according to meeting documents. The license requires 15 percent of sales come from food.

City Clerk Deborah Muller has 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 its roster of available licenses. The city is following suit behind other communities that have opened up to the inclusion of the license.

The council also placed the tentative $4.6 million tax levy for the 2018-19 fiscal year on file for public inspection. A tax levy is what the city is asking for, in terms of dollars, in order for it to operate. The total levy shows a more than $120,000 increase from last year’s tax levy with increases across several departments.

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