Pub and club owners in York could be forced to pay a controversial new tax after plans to charge them for cleaning up after late night drinkers passed their first stage at the city council.
Some bars could be charged more than £4000 a year under the so-called late night levy. The council hopes the proposal could raise more than £280,000.
Bar owners say they are being unfairly victimised. Licencees, the police and other community groups will now be consulted.
Bars, pubs and clubs in York could be among the first in the country to be "taxed" up to almost £5,000 a year to help pay for policing rowdy late night streets.
The controversial levy is being discussed by York Council later today. The Cabinet will decide whether to launch a consultation.
Leeds Council have said it's also looking into launching the scheme.
Licensees say they're being punished at a time when the industry is struggling - but with cash tight to pay for policing - supporters say it could save York around £286,000 a year.