courier gold rush opinion

Grocery tax a blessing

Published in the June 30, 2010 print edition of The Pikes Peak Courier View
Dear Ms. Boykin,

I read your letter, "Taking Issue with Wal-Mart" in the June 16 issue of this paper, and found myself shaking my head and chuckling.

I resisted the urge to write in and voice my opinion that you were overreacting on a disturbing scale. I will also resist today, as your second letter (Recipe for Free Groceries, June 23rd) is what really bothers me.

You are right that the tax on basic food is rare. I'm sure David Buttery could tell you exactly when and why it was implemented - and you can certainly read the code, but you should really step back and think about your position. One of the largest - if not the largest - portions of the city's income is derived from the tax on food. The City of Woodland Park is in a reasonable financial position compared to other municipalities, but we certainly aren't sitting on a pile of cash. Shortage of the food tax revenue will result in decreased services, deferred maintenance on city property and roads, and will decrease property values over time.

Take it a step further. The employees at our grocery stores are our fellow community members. They are friends and family and depend on their jobs to support their families. They depend on our shopping dollars as much as the city does - or any local business does.

I would ask you to reverse your opinion and be a positive force in our community instead of complaining about it on a consistent basis. I hear California is a nice place to live if you are considering moving to avoid grocery taxes.

Chris Konczak

On and Off Teller County Resident Since 1982