Nashville Seeks Higher Fees For Strippers, Adult Clubs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Strippers and the board that regulates adult clubs might have to pay a higher fee to Metro Nashville.

The Sexually Oriented Business Licensing board is costing more than the revenue it receives from permits and licenses, and is considering raising strippers' dancing permit fees from $50 to $500.

The final amount has not been set, but the government needs to cover a $48,000 shortfall and wants it paid by adult businesses, not taxpayers.

Those in the industry say they are already facing too many new regulations, such as a 3-foot rule that has eliminated lap dances in the city.

Nashville attorney John Herbison said with fewer customers, some dancers aren't covering their living expenses, leading some to question whether the government is trying to keep adult businesses from turning a profit.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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