It would take a little work but I could do it. This stuff isn't
published in a neat tidy package. I know the details because I have
friends on planning commissions, friends who are township supervisors,
friends who are principals at an engineering and planning company. All
of whom I know and trust who have shown me documentation and told me
details about projects.
Since you want the proof to be presented to you it is only fair that you
pay for the time and expenses of these people to gather and present it
in whatever form you would like. But since I am quite confident of the
facts here is what I will do. If you pay and they are unable to present
the information I will reimburse your expenses and add $10,000 for your
Actually that was a pretty stupid wager on my part but I was being
generous and didn't include free money for me by requiring you to pay
me. I am absolutely confident of my words just as much as the sun will
Certainly not. And I wouldn't accept it.
If I wished to establish a business, and tax breaks were available, I
would most certainly avail myself of them. As I said, only a fool would
decline a legitimate gift - "corporate welfare" if you prefer.
It might. Of course, most THINKING voters (there are a few) would
realize the folly of the charge that Walmart "doesn't pay anything".
When in the voting booth, I am more careful to cast my ballot for a
candidate that will appoint judges that will support my interpretation
of the law. I am much less likely to be concerned that an incumbent
supported Tax Increment Financing to the benefit of a particular
Around here it's the opposite. Candy bars are taxable, and maybe
cooked rotisserie chickens are, but food that needs to be cooked
isn't. The borderline is not obvious, sort of arbitrary , but has to
be drawn somewhere.
Same here. If you buy a loaf of bread and a pound of cheese it isn't
taxable. If you buy a sandwich at the deli it is. It gets a little
bizarre with other things. Certain types of wrapping paper/film and bags
for example are taxable and others aren't.
The most ludicrous sales tax policy I ever heard of was when we were
driving from Pennsylvania to Georgia, and my mom went in a store in some
state to buy a pair of socks. The clerk asked if the socks were for
someone over or under the age of 14 (or some teenage, under-18 number),
and my mom asked why and was told that clothing for people on one side
of the number was taxed and for people on the other side of the number
wasn't -- I forget which was which at this point; I was a very young
child then. My mom asked the clerk if that meant that clothing for
[whichever age group had their clothing taxed] was optional.
I'd bet that it's chidren's clothes that weren't taxed.
Tax holidays like that tend to be newer than the original tax versus
no tax situation, in response to complaints by merchants that everyone
was going to Delaware (and Pennsylvania?) to avoid the sales tax on
clothes. So instead of repealing the tax all year they gave them a
busy time like before school starts.
Every sales tax has its weirdness:
Donuts - six or more, no tax. Less than six, pay it.
Fertilizer - For your yard, taxed. For your tomato plants, no tax.
Rabbit - As a pet, pay the tax. If you're going to eat it, tax free.
They also now ask you if you're over 21 for spray paints and some auto
When I was buying spray on top coat sealer for metal I was only allowed to
buy one can at a time. I needed three, so I had to leave the store, put the
can in the car, come back in, buy the second, lather, rinse, repeat. As if
buying only one at a time will stop morons from huffing. Ridiculous.
Yes JR, they pay property tax and yes I have looked into how and
what they pay for my area. Because of the local school needs the
local property tax around here has almost doubled. Walmart has proudly
expressed how they pay the same percentage as everyone else. What they
didn't admit is that when their buildings are assessed, they send
to the town, have a hearing an have the property assessment reduced
by 40%. Therefore, they don't pay the same as everyone else. Wouldn't
just love it if your property taxes were reduced by 40%. Go ahead and
it JR, it's public knowledge.
AS for generating jobs. Take the total amount of employees in a
Now add up all the employees and business owners that lost thier job
small busnesses that went belly up because of walmart. How many more
jobs are in that town. You will be amazed.
I won't challenge a fact. I'd do the same if I could afford a team of
lawyers. As it is, I am free to challenge my property assessment every
time a new assessment is made. Many do it and many are successful in
having their tax reduced.
Not at all. There is a net job GAIN due to increased business.
All the the former employees of all the defunct mom-and-pop businesses
in a given area wouldn't staff half of a supercenter.
There is no column in a ledger for sentiment. Just dollars and cents.
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