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Carbondale’s economy fine without marketplace

Dear Editor,

Economically, Carbondale is doing relatively well. Carbondale and environs were shown to have $40 million dollars to spend in 2000. Total sales inside Carbondale that year were $70 million. (This is from a fiscal impact analysis conducted by BBC for the Crystal River Marketplace.)

That’s healthy enough and showed little sales tax leakage.



Mr. Huster’s projection of $92 million in gross sales would leave little capital for our local merchants to operate on, however.

Some might say that 2000, the end of the Clinton era, represented the healthiest U.S. economy in history and that the BBC study is old, not pertinent today. However, little has changed demographically, it seems, outside of a steadily deteriorating national economy. If things are worse off now, at least the whole nation is stewing in the same lean pot and it can’t be helped given our current administration.



So let’s react to current conditions with intelligence and not commit ourselves to a $4 million debt for an incomplete road project, a developer’s profit and a town’s ultimate deterioration in quality of life.

Vote early, vote “no,” July 3-15.

Sincerely,

John Hoffmann

Carbondale


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