An evening question and answer session with city officials about Philadelphia’s business license fees drew several dozen people Wednesday evening to a bar in Old City, bloggers among them.

KYW’s Robin Culverwell reports the session at National Mechanics came in response to complaints about large business fees for small business owners.

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David Dorman is the Compliance Director for the city Revenue Department:

“There’s no bloggers tax.”

The tone was civil, the beer was cold, and the issue at hand – definitely hot. Small business owners, including Jeff DiMasi, say how business taxes are applied to them is unfair, especially if someone earns money for a short time in the city and has to fork over $300 for a “business privilege tax.”

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“They need to completely rethink how they look at it.”

All agree change will take time, and fellow small business owner Gloria Bell knows that:

“The fact that they called this meeting tonight, they’re willing to come out, they’re willing to take questions of any kind is a positive step forward.”

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City officials say for starters, they’re listening.