MINOCQUA - Cities and towns in Wisconsin only get so many liquor licenses for restaurants and bars.
All 30 of Minocqua's are currently filled and have been for quite a few years.
Town Clerk Roben Haggart says Minocqua has had to turn away potential businesses because of the lack of Class B liquor licenses.
"There have been a few [businesses] that have called and asked. They understand the process and they understand the quota system. So they just check to see and if [the liquor license is] not available they move onto the next municipality," said Haggart.
A state statute allows towns to purchase up to three Class B liquor licenses from other towns within two miles of it.
"I reached out to seven municipalities that either are contiguous or within two miles of our municipality and Fifield was interested. The [Minocqua Town] Board didn't really indicate a need or a place for it. They just thought if it was available it would be something nice to have," said Haggart.
Minocqua recently purchased the liquor license from the Town of Fifield for $10,000.
The town doesn't have a specific business in mind for the license.
The town board voted to purchase it for future use.