Letter to the Editor

Shop locally

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dear Editor,

At the last City Council meeting it was revealed that sales in McCook were down nearly three million dollars for the last reporting period. It was not surprising information in light of the sagging national economy. For those of us in our community who are not in the sales industry, if it was easy to think those figures do not matter to us, we would be wrong!

Think of just three McCook businesses that we frequent: Do those businesses provide jobs for any of our friends, neighbors or relatives? Do those businesses enhance the quality of life in McCook by being open? Do they have employees who are volunteers for our children's or grandchildren's YMCA athletic teams? Are those employees the ones who teach religion classes for our church, are mentors for our children or volunteers for our service clubs? Do those businesses sponsor youth teams? Do they buy ads for the yearbooks or give to the United Way? If we want those businesses to stay open and continue to employ folks, doesn't it just make sense that if we want them to support us, that we support them?

Research indicates that for every dollar spent in a community, an average of 55 cents will remain and recirculate within that community in the form of wages. For every dollar spent in another community, or on the Internet or on QVC, nothing returns to benefit our community! And there is the issue of local sales taxes that, if spent elsewhere, will not help offset expenses, repairing our streets, improving our parks, remodeling the Senior Center or other local projects.

If each household spent just $50 in McCook each week instead of elsewhere, that would generate $1,430 a year recirculating in McCook. That may not sound like much, but if every household in McCook did it, nearly $5 million would be added to our local economy!

Feb. 6 is the annual Chamber Banquet. The event is a celebration of the businesses in our community. It is another opportunity to show our support for those who support us. Of course, the best show of support is to shop locally. Tickets are still available at the Chamber office.


Dennis Berry,


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  • Have you ever considered that some people don't like paying the additional 1.5% McCook sales tax? Maybe, just maybe, the folks that spend their hard earned dollars would like the local government to focus on cutting spending instead of raising tax revenues. While the reserves are overflowing in the city budgets, the little guy is looking for ways to boost their own reserves and paying less in sales tax might just be one way to do it. While most individuals and businesses are looking to eliminate or reduce debt, the government at ALL levels is ignoring their debt.

    -- Posted by sleeper on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 6:53 AM
  • The citizens voted to enact the local sales tax. It was not forced on the people by the local government. I also can not think of one comunity as large or larger than McCook that does not have the sales tax. As to the city having a reserve, I guess it is how you look at it that matters. To some it would be that the city has done a good job of budgeting and not over spending and going into debt while not raising a property tax levy that is one of the lowest on the state for a first class city. Also please feel free to attend a council meeting and suggest what you want cut from the city budget; the senior center, the library, the parks, the streets...

    -- Posted by dennis on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 7:50 AM
  • I feel that most people are not spending that extra $50 each week, and if they were there is know where to spend it in town that provides all the stipulations this collum recomends. So as to a down ecconomy their are less people spending, making employers cut more jobs and thus recylcling the circle of money not being put into the economy.

    -- Posted by notsmalltime on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 10:52 PM
  • As a consumer I shop to find the best value for my dollar.

    -- Posted by Chaco1 on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 10:05 AM
  • I'm happy to spend a couple of extra bucks to know that my money is supporting my community. And sometimes, I'm not even spending extra money at all. Since I stopped shopping at Wal-Mart six years ago, I have actually decreased the amount of money I'm spending on misc. purchases.

    -- Posted by mefriesen on Fri, Jan 29, 2010, at 9:39 AM
  • I agree...I never had a problem paying the sales tax when I lived in McCook. I know McCook doesn't have EVERYTHING, but you can find the majority of what you need there. People always complain about McCook not having this, not having that, etc...but no one wants to pay to improve it.

    There are P.I.F. Taxes in areas out in Denver. Project Improvement Fee. If you shop in an area that is being redeveloped, improved, etc, they charge an extra 1% tax on top of the normal taxes, that 1% is given directly to improving the area around the county it's enforced in. Some folks hate it, despise and gripe and moan about it...while others simply say, I don't mind, because I know this is redeveloping the area I grew up, so others can enjoy the area like I did. It's nice to know some people still enjoy trying to keep things up and HELP with expenses, as opposed to wanting 'the government' to fix it and 'not tax me so **** much'. We have a horrible generation on our hands right now, all greedy, all lazy, none are thinkers or dreamers...it's a **** shame.

    -- Posted by marlin on Mon, Feb 1, 2010, at 10:05 AM
  • Which generation is that Merlin? Yours or the ones younger than you? Seems this is the lament of every generation, those **** kids. There are great prople in every generation and it's so easy to paint with a broad brush.

    I have no problem payinmg consumpition, sales taxes, as long as the revenue generated is used for it's stated purpose. Lets use the gas taxes as an example. We are taxed a large amount per gallon, I can't remember the exact rate, yet they try to tell us they can't maintain roads, why is that? Could it be the large percent of ever dollar that is collected is run through a huge burocracy and wasted just to be sent back to a lucky state that cow tows to the feds will?

    -- Posted by Chaco1 on Mon, Feb 1, 2010, at 10:54 AM
  • Chaco,

    Painting with a broad brush...good one. I'm talking the old generation, I'm talking the young, I'm talking the middle. You can nitpick any and every generation. You're right, every generation has great people, bad people, smart people, dumb people, again, thanks for pointing out such an obvious fact.

    You need to work on your literacy. It's hard to comprehend what you're saying. I'm painting you with a fine brush.

    What is it you mean by 'paying consumpition'? Talking locally, I'm almost positive the sales tax paid for the reconstruction on B street, J street...and so on.

    Find the exact tax rate, find where it goes, I'd like to see what you find with said research. Unfortunately we have a greed filled generation of bosses and owners right now(have and will continue too). People make profit off of poverty wherever you go, people will make profit off anything people think they can't live without. If you've got such a huge problem, ride a bike, walk, ride an electric scooter, buy an electric car, don't pay for fuel if you don't feel it's used right. Do something about it, instead of complain, fuel, and fill the pockets of greed mongers. You can make the change, don't think you can't. Changes you want, start with you, inspire, encourage...don't just complain and do nothing.

    -- Posted by marlin on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 3:16 PM
  • I am not good with the typing and should have checked my spelling better before submitting.

    A sales tax is called a consumption tax. When you consume a product as in Gas you are taxed for the amount you use.

    The gas tax example I use is such that we pay a tax that is suposed to go for a stated purpose as in roads. Yet we are told there is not enough cash to fix and maintain roads. These taxes are taken and either wasted in huge burocracies or spent on other items in a general fund and not kept for a stated purpose.

    Social Security is another example. A huge Ponzi scheme that Bernie Madhoff is going to prison for yet is perfectly legal for our representatives to do. It is going to go broke because the money was taken worthless iou's were put in place and used for other pet projects.

    I am very involved in politics and vote in each and every election. But it seems that when taxes are placed on the ballot all they have to do is screech that it's "FOR THE CHILDREN" and every idiot will vote for it.

    -- Posted by Chaco1 on Tue, Feb 2, 2010, at 7:01 PM
  • You can't use the 1.5% sales tax as an excuse not to shop locally. Do you think the other cities you shop in don't have the same tax? So you would rather pay for fuel to drive to another town and then pay their sales tax so that they can invest it in their community? Doesn't make any sense!!! Shop locally so that you are investing in the future of your OWN community!

    -- Posted by mccookie@heart on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 11:41 AM
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