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Your Opinion: Chamber still can fund projects

Your Opinion: Chamber still can fund projects

February 9th, 2012 by Richard Jones, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

Now that the Transformation Tax issue has been defeated, the Chamber of Commerce has a golden opportunity to demonstrate the depth of its convictions.

If they truly believe that the proposed projects are vital to the growth and betterment of Jefferson City, maybe they can just charge their members an assessment of 0.5 percent on all sales for the next 10 years. That way, they can spend the money on whichever projects they choose without all that pesky City Council oversight.

Those chamber members, who want to, can raise their prices by 0.5 percent without needing anyone's approval and those who don't want to raise their prices don't have to.

To use their own argument, "It's only a nickel on 10 dollars!" The voters have spoken and clearly put their mouths where their money is.

It is now time for the Chamber to put its money where its mouth is.