The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #118219   Message #2554763
Posted By: Deckman
01-Feb-09 - 04:58 PM
Thread Name: House Concerts
Subject: RE: House Concerts
To guest Tom Bliss ... you are addressing an issue that is important and is also quite unclear here in the USA. Private vs Public details seem to have dropped away over the last few years. The issue REALLY revolves around TAXES! If you advertise a public event, here in the USA, a bunch of city/state regulations kick in: a permit license, taxes, fire dept regulations, health food inspections if food is served, on and on and on.

The bottom line is that the local government here wants a cut. Whether or not the local government deserves it ... THEY WANT A CUT OF THE MONEY!

I've watched this trend increase over the years. And I'm well aware that folks over on your side the "pond" are seeing the same issues.

Several years ago, maybe 15, our local State revenue agents started "busting" weekend garage sales. You know, where a few neighbors get together and put extra stuff out for sale. The price is five bucks ... give me five bucks ... take the item and go home! Pretty simple.

After two weekends of "enforcement", the local police department asked the State Governor to stop this action. The police couldn't handle the enforcement problems ... assaults on the revenue officers ... disturbences ... citizen complaints, etc.

I don't know if this helps, except to let you know that we are all brothers ... no matter where we live! Bob(deckman)Nelson