A taxing summer for residents of Berkeley, California

How about a tat tax?

The City Council in Berkeley, Calif., is expected to raise fees Tuesday on tattoos and homemade cupcakes, among other fun stuff, in an attempt to offset the city’s $5.1 million deficit over the next two years.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the taxes, if approved, would go into effect July 1, making the summer a bit more expensive.


Tattoo artists, the paper reports, will see an increase in registration fees from $44 to $85 annually.  Cupcake-makers, and others who prepare food in their homes, will face fees for the first time: from $170 to $425 for permits, registration and inspection.

"I don't see what the money is going toward," Kellen Gauthier, of Zebra Tattoo and Body Piercing, told the Chronicle. "It's not toward helping the industry."

The tattoo fees would go to paying city staff to issue health permits and register body art practitioners, which is required under a law the City Council passed a year ago.

But not only the little people will pay the taxes.

The paper reports that developers choosing to forgo parking requirements on downtown building projects will see a fee. A developer would have the option of paying $15,000 to $30,000 per parking space to get around the parking requirements, with the funds going toward pedestrian improvements and other projects. And boaters will face new berth fees at the marina, ranging from $7.74 to $13.03 per foot, depending on the size of the berth.

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