An Open Letter to Chesterfield City Council and Staff:
I attended the Chesterfield City Council meeting on May 7th with an open mind. Please take a moment to reflect upon my thoughts:
First, I want to thank each of you, our elected officials and paid staff for your service to our fair city.
Now onto my comment:
I like paying taxes … let me say that again … I like paying taxes; for when I pay taxes, it means that I have either earned money or I am supporting my local schools, police, fire department, public works, and city administration. All things I like having when I need them.
Your support of this CID will perpetuate a fraud upon the citizens of our country, something I would not want our fair city of Chesterfield to be known for. Yes, a fraud. It is fraudulent to call something a tax and then hand it over to enhance the profits of a private business. If the developer needs an extra 1% of all sales to make a business profitable, then they should be honest with the consumers and reflect that cost in their rental fees and retail prices, and not ask us, the good citizens of our fair City of Chesterfield, to assist them in collecting monies for them while perpetuating a fraud upon their customers.
Like I said, I like paying taxes … and if you approve this measure, you will be participating in a fraudulent deception that is nothing less than immoral and unethical.
Please work with any and all business that want to enhance our fair City of Chesterfield … but also please tell those who want us to act improperly on their behalf that they are not welcome here.
For the record, I am OK with adding more shopping options to the valley. It just seems that if the developer needs a temporary 1% surcharge on all sales to make their investment work, then they should collect it directly from the merchants and not use us as their agent ... so I still don't understand why they need us to do this for them.
Thank You for Your Time and Service.