Today I received the quarterly news publication for my city. I am most upset!
Among other things, the booklet paints a rosy picture of employment, quality of life, new construction, city improvements, population growth, and more. New city projects are also presented.
They are planning to purchase and tear down an existing business (eminent domain?), and replace it with a new 8,000 sq. ft. building that will house three retail stores. No problem? Read on...
The existing business is located only five minutes from my house, and also does well selling live bait on the side for area fishermen. That is very bad news for someone who lives on my city lake with a dock and boat, and who enjoys fishing...as I do.
Now, instead of my ten minute round trip for live bait, I will need to drive 30-40 miles round trip for bait so I can fish in my lake. The bait will likely die of old age before I can get them home.
Over the past few years the city has forced two other bait shops to close their doors so larger buildings could be constructed in their place. What do they think we do in our land of 10,000 lakes? Just float around in $75,000 yachts?
They keep attempting to "upgrade" the city, and of course, increase the taxes collected.
The soon-to-be-replaced existing business currently pays $17,000 in property taxes. The three retail tenants in the new building will pay $43,000. That's a rather nice windfall for the city that will probably either re-carpet the mayor's corner office, or beef up his music system.
Yeah, it's all about a nice money grab for the city, and a bunch of yuppie city planners who couldn't care less about common folk who enjoy fishing. By the way, I pay a boat load of taxes living in my cottage on the lake. I wonder what they do with that money?
Meanwhile...my live bait source will soon be gone!