New Year Brings Changes for Small Business Owners in Missouri

Canton, Missouri board OKs ordinance requiring business licenses starting in 2018.

Phillips said one purpose of the new ordinance is to assure the city knows who is responsible in the event of a fire, windstorm or other incident that damages a business.

In the past, he said, some uninsured structures were destroyed by fire, and the city ended up paying cleanup costs.

"So this is to try and alleviate the taxpayer from having to pick up the tab for somebody who didn't maintain insurance on their building," he said.

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