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Two St. Charles restaurants fined for liquor tax violations

Pizzeria Neo, Tap House Grill pay $500 fines, court costs

ST. CHARLES – Pizzeria Neo and Tap House Grill have been fined for liquor tax violations.

St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina, acting as Liquor Control Commissioner, enforced local liquor ordinances for the two businesses at a Feb. 19 hearing before the St. Charles Liquor Control Commission.

Pizzeria Neo, located at 31 S. First St., was required to pay a $500 fine and $500 in court costs. Tap House Grill, 3341 W. Main St. was also required to pay a $500 fine and $500 in court costs.

The city has implemented a 3 percent tax on the sale of all alcoholic beverages and packaged goods. An establishment is required to collect the tax and give it to the city on a monthly basis.

According to a memo from St. Charles Finance Director Christopher Minick, Pizzerio Neo has a history of turning in payments "significantly" late. Since November 2017, the restaurant has filed returns and paid late seven times, the memo said. In addition, the payment from November 2018 was paid with a check that was subsequently returned because of non-sufficient funds.

"The repeated late payments result in considerable staff time and effort to collect the liabilities and Pizzeria Neo is well aware of the obligation to file the returns and remit payment in accordance with the code," Minick said in the memo.

Tap House Grill also has a history of making late payments. It has paid late 11 times since November 2017, Minick said in a memo.

"The establishment is contacted essentially every month to remind them to make payment and file the tax return," he said.

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