Carlat: During this holiday season, let us remember what is truly important.

Posted 12/24/20

During this holiday season, let us remember what is truly important.

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Carlat: During this holiday season, let us remember what is truly important.


During this holiday season, let us remember what is truly important.

This year has shown us how precious our time is. We’ve learned that we are deeply connected; and when united, our community is stronger than ever.

Let us reflect on the blessings that we enjoy; and as we turn the page to the New Year, let us do so with gratitude for the promise of bright days ahead.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all Peoria residents.

Shop local

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, the City of Peoria began a shop local campaign, that populated mail, newspapers, social media, transit shelters and more. The campaign will run through February 2021. The City of Peoria is committed to doing all that we can to support a prosperous small business community and a thriving local economy for the benefit of Peoria residents.

Peoria’s small business owners are wonderful partners in our community, and they are our neighbors and our friends. It’s more important than ever that we support them. As you begin your holiday shopping, reach out and support a local business today.

To learn more about how you can support local, click here.

Safest Outside Restaurant Assistance program

The State of Arizona created the Safest Outside Restaurant Assistance Program, which is designed to assist bars and restaurants with funding for the infrastructure needed to expand their premises. With $1 million total in the fund, businesses may apply for up to $10,000 to cover expenditures for items restaurants need to extend their premises to approved outdoor spaces such as outdoor furniture, barriers, patio heaters, or parklets.

• Licensed restaurants and bars serving food
• Fewer than 50 employees
• Must comply with all COVID-19 related executive orders
• Must demonstrate a new extension of premises that has been approved by the local governing body and the Arizona Department of Liquor Licensing and Control (if applicable)

For more information and to apply, click here.

Renew your Peoria business license

It’s that time of year again, time to renew your Peoria business license. Any city business license is valid only for the calendar year in which it is issued. They expire on Dec. 31 of each year and must be renewed annually. The city will automatically bill the annual license renewal fee unless you request a cancellation of your business license. The renewal fee of $25 must be received by Peoria’s License Division by the last business day in January of each year to avoid a penalty of $12.50.

For more information, and to renew the business license online, click here.

Editor's note: Cathy Carlat is the mayor of Peoria.