Small Business Owners in Alabama to Pay the Price for Low City Budget

Professionals in Alabama challenge business license proposal that would raise fees in order "to support the cost of running the city".

Attorney Paul Young asked if the city currently had a budget shortfall. Councilman Turner Townsend said the recently-passed budget was balanced but did not include any money for capital projects...Attorney Carmen Howell said the city should consider alternatives such as Sunday alcohol sales to fund capital projects, rather than putting the burden “on the backs of businesses” in the community.

We've seen this financing method by cities time and time again. Is it fair to slap small business owners with higher fees in order to increase funds for city projects?