This is disgusting. Sorry, Mr. Patel that our city will not let you operate your business here. Columbia would be a better place for you anyway. They appreciate new business.
Yeah, that's a little overstated...first off, not including the Truman which is the largest hotel in Jefferson City and I'm sure had occupancy well below 60% is a huge hit in a 1200 room market. Then if you add another 250 rooms to the market with a ill advised conference center those numbers won't look so pretty. I don't understand what you guys don't get about this...OUR MARKET CANNOT SUSTAIN SOMETHING LIKE THIS. We are really just gonna have to rescind this tax...that's all it comes down to. If we don't some very inexperienced people are going to make so very bad decisions with long lasting consequences.
Well, the vote did pass but I'd say it had something to do with the fact that they led voters to believe there was going to be a 30 million dollar facility at no cost to voters. That was an false impression for them to give.
I'd say that if they only promised a third of what they actually did, which is what we will get, that might have made up the 4% gap in the Feb 11 results.
Imagine a candidate for mayor coming out prior to the election and saying "Vote for me, I'm going to do 30% or what I say I'm going to do"...think it's safe to say they would lose 4%.
This is no different at all.
Ok, only one hotelier wants a (also spitting in disgust) convention center. The entire industry less the one individual (who has an agreement to build the hotel attached to the conference center) told the city that it was a horrible idea.
Mel, the idea that in order to have an opinion you must run for office is ridiculous. I just want to be left alone. Every now and again the city does something so senseless that it requires me to waste my valuable time trying to prevent it. On this annexation issue, I talked to every single city council person and not one of them provided anywhere near an acceptable answer to the question "Why do we need to do this". Two canned answers from them every time: 1. Those people will benefit from this. (If those people would benefit from annexation into the city then they would be knocking on the city hall door at 7am screaming "Let us in". But there is not benefit.) The second response from council members was "If we aren't expanding our boundaries then our city will die." Really? So in order for the United States to grow we must expand our boundaries? A land locked city cannot grow? What need do we have for that land? Do we not have hundreds of vacant commercial building, commercial lots, and thousands of acres of undeveloped land? Growing our city by expanding our boundaries is a bit like trying to grow your family by adding rooms onto your house. This is all about money, and since it is all about money I'd prefer that they just come out and say that rather pretending like we "need" the land or that the annexed will "benefit". I find these threads to be valuable insight on how residents are feeling. If you don't like it, don't read it. Pretty simple.
Great idea, city hall. Why don't you see how many more business owners you can make unhappy in the community. I think we'd be hard pressed to find a less business friendly community than ours in the Midwest. In the two years I've been paying attention to the garbage going on downtown I've seen nothing positive for business. Keep it up. See what happens. This is just embarrassing.
Great. Thanks again Jefferson City. You guys really know how to take care of business. This is a really important issue to focus on. I mean, wouldn't it be terrible if someone was creating jobs without your approval and without you getting a cut? Maybe you could raise the business license fees for us? Do me a favor and come up with something that might actually make it easier for businesses to operate.
That attitude. That's what kills me about you people. "What's your plan"....we aren't members of the city government. We aren't Chamber members. We don't have to be. You put forth a proposal. We rejected it. You tried to make voters believe that "Transformation" didn't mean $50,000,000 tax increase. We didn't buy it. You seem to want to point your anger at anyone who opposed it but really you're just mad at democracy. Tough. That's the way it goes. That group spent $70,000 buying radio, tv, newspaper ads, billboards, yard signs...the opponents individually paid for a small ad in this paper and the voters still said no. That says a lot more about your proposal than it does about us. I'm a 28 yr old, "young professional" (I'm getting tired of people being self proclaimed "Young Professionals like they deserve some special consideration or treatment), and I'm business owner...and I'm darn happy with the outcome. It's already hard enough to make it in this economy. This vote didn't help, but it didn't hurt me...so I'll mark it as a victory. Way to go Jeff City.
We are participating by trying to prevent you from taking $50 million dollars from local businesses and residents. Support Jefferson City residents and businesses and Vote No
Oh, you had meetings...wonderful. I don't need to attend a meeting to know that a tax increase is bad for local businesses and bad for our citizens.
JeffCityYuppie, as a voter in this election it is important to me that Mr. Woods is against this tax increase. It shows what type of person he is in comparison to the folks we currently have running our city and our Chamber. If he is elected it will help prevent dumb proposals, like this one, from going forward in the future. I own a local business and I'm disgusted with the "Chamber of Commerce"...I thought that would be an organization that would help our business. As far as I can tell though, at least since I purchased the business a year and a half ago, all the Chamber does is push tax increases. First it was the lodging tax and supporting that was one thing. But actually going out and thinking up a new tax, proposing it, and then pushing it...wow. What a pro-business organization. Maybe they should rename it the "Chamber of Taxation and Downtown Commerce"...that would be more fitting. All the Transform supporters act like anyone opposing this is some horrible person...get out of here! You side is trying to take $50 million dollars out of peoples pockets and our side is saying don't take $50 million dollars out of peoples pockets. Just because a couple hundred of you spent a year or so thinking up ways to spend a bunch of our money doesn't make it a good idea. You need to get an economics textbook out and do some reading.
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