Tax leakage |

Tax leakage

I wanted to provide information that I read in the Sunday Times in Contra Costa County. The article “More shoppers staying close to home” is referring to east Contra Costa County, which includes Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley and Pittsburg.

The lead-in stated “With more retailers and shopping centers, region’s taxable sales have grown 64 percent in five years.” This really grabbed my attention, as I am aware that thousands of tax dollars are leaving our county every week. Just imagine what a 64 percent increase in sales tax revenues could do for this county.

We need a wider choice of products and more competitive prices in our county to keep our shoppers here. Often prices here are higher than in other towns. Many of our residents have low or fixed incomes, so price can be very important to them.

The article also mentioned that some of the smaller businesses were struggling and a few went out of business. Of course no one wants to see a small business fail, but should we continue to protect a few struggling small businesses that are not meeting our needs to the detriment of the entire community?

Patti Gibson

Penn Valley

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