City not sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses while is­su­ing tax in­creases

Southwest Booster - - OPINION -

To the ed­i­tor: Re­cently, there have been let­ters to the ed­i­tor re­gard­ing the city of Swift Cur­rent spend­ing and mas­sive tax in­creases.

In 2013 my city prop­erty tax for my busi­ness dou­bled. In 2005, when I was try­ing to get my busi­ness started, I re­ceived a let­ter from the city de­mand­ing im­me­di­ate pay­ment of city taxes or pay the penalty. The same month that it was an­nounced Wal­mart was get­ting a five year break on their taxes.

Since then I have watched the city be­come more and more com­pet­i­tive with lo­cal busi­ness, which is a se­ri­ous con­tra­dic­tion of the days when the city had a small base of em­ploy­ees and they sup­ported lo­cal busi­ness by get­ting help with all sorts of ser­vices, things like in­de­pen­dent snow re­moval, ve­hi­cle main­te­nance, light and power and oth­ers.

Now the City has hired em­ploy­ees from many lo­cal busi­nesses, forc­ing em­ploy­ers to try at­tract­ing staff from out­side the city. Any­one who has ever watched a civic worker can see what a waste of money pub­lic em­ploy­ees can be, not very ef­fi­cient. Add this huge ex­pense to the ridicu­lous spend­ing, and sub­se­quent huge tax in­creases, and you can start to see where we went wrong.

The cur­rent mayor who got in with the same big money back­ing that got the pre­vi­ous mayor voted in are re­spon­si­ble. It seems odd to me that most of the same peo­ple com­plain­ing about tax in­creases are the ones that failed to put their X be­side a fis­cal re­spon­si­ble mayoral can­di­date like Don Robin­son.

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