Salem Puts Temporary Hold on Issuing Fortune-Telling Licenses

July 19th, 2011 § 0 comments

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Last week, Salem City Council moved to temporarily suspend issuing new fortune-telling licenses. They want time to close a loophole in the existing ordinance.

According to the present law, in order to qualify for a fortune-telling license, 51 percent of a shop must be dedicated to the metaphysical, for instance tarot cards, crystals and the like.

But apparently, that’s not what’s been happening.

Councilor-at-large Joan Lovely says she herself is aware of two businesses that created separate corporations within the same establishment in order to get around the license requirements.

To stop this from happening, Lovely asked for the suspension of license issuance to allow the city solicitor time to recommend changes. She received unanimous support of the council.

None of them want too many fortune-telling business in town, but they’re also aware of how important they are to Salem.

Council expects to consider the proposed amendments at their first meeting in September. They’d like to settle the issue before October’s witchy season begins.

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