In response to the letters to the editor concerning the Price Club that have been appearing lately, I would like to set the record straight. I believe the City Council (despite what some would have you believe) is trying to work for the benefit of everyone using city services, including the Willow Ridge residents.
To provide these services, it takes money. Approximately 55% of the income to the city comes from the sales tax. It is estimated that the Price Club would gross $100 million annually. This would generate $650,000 from sales tax to our city's general fund. Not only would the Price Club generate income to the city, it would provide citizens a place to shop at discount prices. Also, it would serve as an anchor to attract other retail businesses to the area, which would generate sales tax.
Not all the Willow Ridge residents are opposed to the Price Club. I suspect the small group you are hearing from is using the issue to build a political base to use as a springboard in the next election. I have no quarrel with anyone running for office but not at the expense of the people who live here and pay taxes.