City of Sparta, MO
Christian County
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Cross Reference — As to sale of fireworks, see §210.205.
[Ord. No. 389 §1, 6-3-2003]
A. 
For the purpose of this Chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively designated for them by this Section:
FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE
Any person or persons employed on an average of forty (40) hours per week in excess of an average of six (6) months per license year. The term "full-time employee" shall include that number found by dividing by 2080 to total hours worked per license year by all part-time employees. (The said 2080 being determined by multiplying forty (40) hours by fifty-two (52) weeks.)
MERCHANT
A business which provides sales and/or services to the public and shall include all occupations, businesses, professions, vocations, trades or pursuits or the keeping or maintaining of any institution, establishment, article, utility or commodity for which Cities of like classification as that of the City of Sparta are not precluded from levying and collecting a license tax by the Statutes of the State of Missouri.
B. 
A company which has both manufacturing for export away from Sparta and local sales at or near the manufacturing facilities shall be taxed on a proportionate amount of that regular tax provided herein as would equal that portion of said business and employee personnel which participate in local sales.
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No person, firm or corporation shall engage in any occupation or business described in this Chapter without obtaining a license therefore. No person shall knowingly make any false statement of representations in applying for a license or fail to comply with any provision of this Chapter. No license shall be issued without proof of compliance with Missouri Department of Revenue requirements.
A. 
No person following for a livelihood the profession or calling of minister of the gospel, duly accredited Christian Science practitioner, teacher, professor in a college, priest, lawyer, certified public accountant, dentist, chiropractor, optometrist, chiropodist, or physician or surgeon in this City shall be taxed or made liable to pay any municipal or other corporation tax or license fee of any description whatever for the privilege of following or carrying on such profession or calling, and after December 31, 2003, no investment funds service corporation as defined in Section 143.451, RSMo., may be required to pay any such license fee in excess of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) annually, any law, ordinance or Charter to the contrary notwithstanding.
B. 
No person following for a livelihood the profession of insurance agent or broker, veterinarian, architect, professional engineer, land surveyor, auctioneer, or real estate broker or salesman in this City shall be taxed or made liable to pay any municipal or other corporation tax or license fee for the privilege of following or carrying on his/her profession unless that person maintains a business office within the City of Sparta.
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All licenses shall be for one (1) year, beginning January first (1st) and ending December thirty-first (31st) of the following year, unless otherwise provided in this Chapter. New businesses or reinstated businesses making timely application for a license after the beginning of a current license year shall pay only so much of the license fee provided for entire year as is proportionate to the number of months left (including the month of application) in said license year. In case of a transfer of business ownership, the existing license shall inure to the benefit of the new owner.
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Any person, firm or corporation required to secure a license from the City prior to engaging in business shall display the license provided in this Chapter in a prominent place at the location of said business.
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A separate license shall be obtained for each place of business operated by a licensee under this Chapter.
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Every business engaging in more than one (1) type of business or occupation where all such occupations are operated as one (1) business under the same management and at the same location may pay one (1) license fee, such fee to be based upon the total amount of employees employed for the operation of the total of all such businesses or occupations.
No license required under the provisions of this Code shall be issued to any person until such person produces a copy of a certificate of insurance for Workers' Compensation coverage if the applicant for the license is required to cover his/her liability under Chapter 287, RSMo. It is further made a violation of this Section to provide fraudulent information to the department. (Ord. No. 389 §1, 6-3-03
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No license shall be issued until all personal property taxes, all real estate taxes, all license fees and all other special charges due the City from said applicant, such as water connection charges, shall have been paid.
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The City Clerk shall keep a complete record of all licenses issued showing the name and address of the license.
[Ord. No. 389 §1, 6-3-2003; Ord. No. 13-007 §1, 12-10-2013]
Every business required to register under this Chapter shall pay a license fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00). This license fee shall cover the costs of administration, maintenance, collation and dissemination of the information obtained through the registration process.
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A. 
Non-Profit And Charitable Merchandising. A free one (1) week license is hereby allocated in each license year for granting to an organization qualifying as non-profit or charitable as determined and issued by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Sparta. The said Board of Aldermen may approve of more than the aforesaid one (1) week limit, but such approval shall be determined by said Board of Aldermen at least thirty (30) days in advance of the issuance of such license.
B. 
Transient merchants and peddlers on the street shall pay one-half (½) of the rate provided for herein in Section 605.100 depending upon the number of full-time employees for each thirty (30) days of conduction business and shall display said license at or near the point of transaction.
C. 
Door-to-door sales by transients are permitted only upon written application to the City Board of Aldermen and upon approval by said Board of Aldermen shall pay a tax of twenty dollars ($20.00) per person per month or any part thereof.
D. 
Door-to-door sales by permanent residents of the City of Sparta selling advertised merchandise shall pay the full annual rate per person specified in this Chapter.
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Upon receipt of a check or cash constituting a self-declared assessment for the tax and license provided in this Chapter, the City of Sparta, by and through the City Clerk thereof, shall mail within one (1) week following the receipt of the same the license provided for herein. In the alternative, all person required herein to be licensed and to be taxed may apply in person at the City Hall of said City during business hours.
A. 
Any license issued by the City pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter may be revoked by the Board of Aldermen for any of the following reasons, as well as for any other reasons specified in this Chapter:
1. 
Any failure to comply with or any violation of any provisions of this Chapter, or any other ordinance of the City regulating the business, occupation or activity licensed, or the Statutes of the State of Missouri by any licensee.
2. 
Violation of the terms and conditions upon which the license was issued.
3. 
Failure of the licensee to pay any tax or obligation due to the City.
4. 
Any misrepresentation or false statement in the application for a license required herein.
5. 
Failure to display the license required herein.
Revocation of any license shall be in addition to any other penalty or penalties which may be imposed pursuant to these provisions.
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In any case in which a complaint has been made to the Board of Aldermen, or in which the Board of Aldermen have on their own determined that cause may exist for the revocation of a license under the provisions of this Chapter, the following procedures shall be followed:
1. 
The Board of Aldermen shall set a date for a hearing to consider the question of revocation.
2. 
At least ten (10) days prior to said hearing, written notice shall be mailed to the licensee, by registered mail, return receipt requested, to his/her last known address as shown in the records of the City Clerk advising the licensee of the time, date and place of hearing and of the reason for considering the revocation of his/her license.
3. 
During the pendency of this hearing before the Board of Aldermen, the licensee shall be permitted to continue the operation of his/her business.
4. 
At the hearing set by the Board of Aldermen, the Board of Aldermen shall hear all relevant and material evidence justifying the retention of the license.
5. 
The licensee may be present in person and/or by his/her attorney and may present evidence.
6. 
After hearing the evidence presented, the Board of Aldermen shall vote on the issue of whether the subject license shall be revoked.
7. 
The affirmative vote of a majority of the Board of Aldermen shall be necessary to revoke any license.
[Ord. No. 389 §1, 6-3-2003; Ord. No. 429, 10-10-2006]
A. 
No person, firm or corporation shall conduct or operate or permit those persons in his/her or its employment or under his/her or its direction and control to conduct or operate an amusement center or pool hall between the following hours of the following days of each week:
1. 
Between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 9:00 A.M. Monday through Saturday.
2. 
Hours of operation on each Sunday will be 1:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.
3. 
An "amusement center" is defined as a business in which the principal activity is to provide amusement of patrons through the operation of amusement machines, devices or games, whether such machines, devices or games are coin-operated, placed into operation by the person operating or conducting such business or by an attendant or employee of said business, or played or operated upon the condition that a fee for such playing or operation is paid to said business. Said amusement machines, devices or games shall include, but not be limited to, pinball, foosball, video games and pool tables.
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Information To Be Provided To City Police. A pawnbroker operating such business within the City shall be required to furnish the City Police Department information listed in Section 367.031, RSMo., Subparagraphs 1.(1), 1.(2), 1.(3) and 1.(4) on a weekly basis for each transaction (sale, purchase or consignment) occurring during the previous one (1) week period.