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Homewood took another step toward helping residents and local businesses during the coronavirus shutdown this week.

The village board approved a series of changes to fees and deadlines at its April 28 meeting.

The due date and late fee date for vehicle stickers were pushed back from April 30 and May 31 to June 30 and July 31. The business and liquor license fee due dates were changed from April 30 to June 1.

The annual renewal fee for liquor licenses was cut by 25 percent for businesses that also offer food. 

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The amusement and entertainment license fee due date was delayed until June 1, as well.

A 10 percent late fee for water bills for March, April, May or June will not be collected.

Homewood previously suspended the places for eating tax for March, April and May. That measure was approved April 14. 

In other business, a redevelopment agreement with The Maple Tree Inn was amended. The restaurant at 18849 Dixie Highway received $250,000 in TIF money from the village before opening earlier this year. 

The village was granted a $250,000 mortgage on the restaurant property as part of the agreement. It will be forgiven when the TIF district ends in 2024.

The Maple Tree Inn recently applied for a loan for repairs and improvements to the restaurant that requires Homewood to allow the bank to collect first if a default occurs. The board approved an amendment to do that.

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