City Seeking More Input on Future of Flea Markets

City Seeking More Input on Future of Flea Markets
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POSTED: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 8:37am

UPDATED: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 6:20pm

EL PASO -- Do El Paso's flea markets need a face lift? If so, changes could be coming to the rules regulating how those flea markets operate around the city.

A spokesperson with the city's Environmental Services Department said the city plans to re-evaluate current ordinances regulating flea markets to see if any improvements or changes should be made.

A second meeting on the subject is planned next week at City Hall to give the public a chance to provide input and ideas. The city is especially interested to hear from flea market property owners, vendors and flea market customers.
The issues the city wants to look at include flea market operator permits, vendor licenses, booth standards and bathroom facilities.

The public meeting will be held next Wednesday, August 4th at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers on the 2nd floor.

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Elotes! Elotes! Why sure i would like some corn from your grocery cart kind sir.

I love the flea markets as the next guy but come on can we atleast try to be better then that is all i'm saying. We should take pride in how our city looks and realize the better it looks the better everyone feels for living here. But if you want it to look like Juarez which its already heading towards then i don't know what to say anymore.

yes i agree, i think the city should take a closer look at the vendor licenses, booth standards, and especially the bathroom facilities. the flea markets are an excitement however i think they're just too sloppy and dirty. i don't mind the food, but when the people making the food makes me think about it twice every time.

No need to re-invent the wheel!
See what other cities with successful flea markets are doing.
Especially check flea market laws in border towns that have a unique mix of people than the rest of the country and see what works and what doesn't work.
See what flea market ideas have worked and ones that were changed after a while.
Talk to other city council members in other border towns. Maybe they made changes that did not work.

Do the Flea markets collect sales tax for the city and the state? Some have been in business for 15 years. Do the stores along El Paso street collect sales tax on cash sales? Since most of the products come in from Mexico, does the U.S. collect customs tax?

All retail sales from licensed vendors are suppose to collect sales tax. All retail stores in Texas and. . . . along El Paso Street, collect sales tax on all sales. However, cash sales are cash sales. There are cash sales in most every business, but they are "cash sales". So, who knows what they do with those "cash sales". I don't think they make THAT much money to begin with. Whatever they make, they probably spend right away and they pay sales tax on most everything that THEY buy.

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