I caught the Brad's idea of trying to give Auto dealers a tax break if they add a new brand/line in Carbondale. At the time, I didn't know what to make of it. Looked like it was going to pass and then got voted down 1 to 6. OK, I filed it away for future reflection.
Yesterday, I read the big feature article in the Business section of the Post Dispatch (I would give you a link, but the stltoday.com webpage isn't working for me right now and I have to move on soon) about how car dealers are consolidating in to mega dealerships. I had heard this before and if my brain was working I would have understood what Brad was up to right away.
If the dealerships are going to merge into fewer in number, and more brands under one roof, do we want those dealerships to be located in Carbondale? As you know, car dealers contribute heavily to the sales tax base of Carbondale (or any city for that matter).
Where I didn't understand this at the time, I think what the Post article has just told us, is that Brad's idea is a sound one. If one of our auto dealers merges and moves to Marion, we are going to lose quite a bit out of the city coffers. If the same merger happens and the dealer moves to Carbondale instead, we will have a big gain in sales tax.
I'm a few weeks behind on my business magazine readings, but I'm trying to catching up. I wonder how Brad figured this out? Wish I had understood this a week earlier.
Maybe it isn't to late to act? Oh yeah, we have an election. Any good idea needs to be voted down until after it is over. :)
Once again, Brad's idea is ahead of the curve on how to improve Carbondale.
Your comments are welcome.