On Tuesday night, the Salinas City Council voted to make it just a bit more difficult for tobacco retailers to do business in the central California city while also bringing in a chunk of money to the city’s coffers.
Tobacco retailers must now pay $286 for an annual license in order to stay in business, a requirement that affects 135 retailers according to TheCalifornian.com. If all retailers comply, that means the city will bring n $38,610 as a result of the council’s 6-1 vote.
If a retailer doesn’t comply with the new licensing requirement, they will face a fine of $1,000 for the first offense and $2,000 for a second violation.
Salinas is located in Monterey County, just over 100 miles south of San Francisco. It had a 2013 population estimate of 155,662 residents.