The Missouri Office of Administration, in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Revenue, announced Friday that they were awarding the management contract for the Excelsior Springs License Office to the Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.
All license office contracts in Missouri are awarded through a competitive bid process. The chamber takes over management of the office from Ben and Darla Wierzbicki, the most recent managers.
Chamber Executive Director Bob Nance said the announcement was good news for the chamber and the community, and represented a great opportunity for Excelsior Springs.
“It’s the best thing that could happen to the chamber of commerce and the city,” Nance explained. “We plan to run it the way the Wierzbickis ran it, then use the revenue toward building the community—tourism, economic development and bringing people to town.”
The license office, located at 115 Crown Hill Rd., Suite 1, conducted more than 50,000 transactions during the 2013 fiscal year, generating nearly $175,000 in agent processing fees.
The chamber’s contract includes an annual commitment to return 4.01 percent (about $7,000, using numbers from fiscal year 2013) of future processing fees to the state.
Nance said after expenses like salaries and equipment, the chamber could realize $25,000 or more in revenues each year. Nance himself, as license office manager, will not receive a salary.
Nance said running a license office is, in many ways, like running a small business. Over the next week or so, he will be familiarizing himself with the regulations related to the operation, and he will be working on an agreement with the Wierzbickis regarding the license office equipment. “We’ll also have to get the employee situation taken care of,” he said, adding that he hoped most of the office staff that kept things running so smoothly and efficiently under the Wierzbickis would stay on or consider returning to work again at the office. He expected the transition to be complete no later than the beginning of February.
“This is quite an opportunity,” Nance said. “It will give the chamber an opportunity to have money to promote the community.”
By Eric Copeland • firstname.lastname@example.org