To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Sales Tax
Date: Fri Jun 20 23:02:09 MDT 2014
I am a resident of Riverdale and was very concerned when I read this article on the Salt Lake Tribune website.
This sort of legislation would be very hurtful to Riverdale City as our population is only about 8,500 but the police department estimates our daytime population to be as much as 70,000 with visitors. This means that the City must provide additional police, infrastructure, water, and public works personnel. If the sales tax distribution were based on population, Riverdale City wouldn't have the funding to support this retail that benefits nearby cities. Residents of other cities have the benefit of being close to a wide variety of retail options but don't have to fund the associated costs. Also, property values in Riverdale are relatively low so property taxes are not sufficient to make up for this revenue.
I agree with no longer providing incentives to retail. Tax incentives benefit new retail at the expense of businesses, both retail and other industries, that have been longstanding fixtures in the community.This has been a problem recently in Kaysville as Smith's Marketplace is getting sales tax breaks while locally-owned Bowman's must now compete and still pay sales taxes. New retail establishments should be viable without these incentives, and they can be. Other types of businesses, such as technology, still bring revenue to the City, and increase livability in communities. It is beneficial to have these businesses near population centers to reduce commuting and raise quality of life for potential employees.If there is a statewide law against incentives, then every business will be required to compete on a level playing field.
Thank you for your attention to this matter,
863 W 3875 S
Riverdale, UT 84405