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SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) -
The City of Sulphur is raising the bar when it comes to cracking down on liquor licenses at businesses in the city and making sure business owners follow the rules.
Owners of local businesses in Sulphur were shaken and stirred after the city threatened to revoke their liquor licenses.
Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan said four businesses did not pay their sales taxes: Handle-Bars, Cricket's Lounge, Club Chaotic and Johnny T's BBQ.
Duncan said after receiving a notification from the state's sales tax office, this is an issue he takes seriously.
"What people don't realize is it could be if we revoke your liquor license, you cannot get a liquor license by state statute for a period of time," Duncan said. "We're cracking down to make sure that all of our bars and establishments are following the rules just like anybody else has to do in the city."
And he hopes he got their attention at the Sulphur City Council agenda meeting Tuesday night October 9.
The council voted not to revoke Handle-Bars license after the owner took care of everything prior to the meeting.
Cricket's Lounge turned its license in to the city and closed its doors for the time being.
Club Chaotic turned its paperwork in late, but the sales taxes were paid and its license was not revoked.
The council gave the owner of Johnny T's BBQ an extra 30 days to get the finances together or its liquor license will be revoked. This case will be re-addressed at the next council meeting.
"We make sure the owners are well aware that we're going to follow the fine line on it," Duncan said. "But we want to get your attention that we don't want to see you here again."
So now the bars have to pay their taxes in order to keep the liquor flowing.