Lost Tax Revenues for El Monte
By David Stephen Siegrist
July 11, 2013 • 602 views
Today, July 3, my family and I optimistically trekked off to our local Sears Store Outlet, firmly intending to replace our family’s ailing washing machine. It fills with water and suddenly stops. This situation is worsened because now we must siphon out the water, and take our wet, unwashed clothes off to a local laundromat.
What a totally unexpected, unpleasant surprise for us. Upon entering the Sears Outlet Building. we looked to our right and saw a humongous collection of clothing and accessories for young and old–at bargain base prices. That was great…until we looked to our left.
To our left was only gigantic, totally, empty, barren floor space. Over two-thirds of the store are completely vacant–no merchandise, nary one single dryer, stove, refrigerator, or microwave anywhere to be found.
Astoundingly, a mere three years ago, the then–El Monte Sears Essentials Store stocked a plethora of great bargains on a wide range of home appliances. Our family purchased an electric clothes dryer and an over-the-stove microwave oven there.
Consequently, our family must now journey off to a store in another community to purchase a new clothes washing machine. Upon purchasing said item, we will then pay that city’s local sales tax and then pay extra for shipment to El Monte. In the event of a malfunction with the washer, we will then have to transport it back to the store where it was purchased.
This scenario has severe consequences for our city: lost tax revenue.
Hopefully, our local electeds will see fit to correct this problem and encourage
Sears Outlet to offer home appliances to us, the residents of El Monte.
Simple question: IS THIS GOOD BUSINESS? WE MOST ASSUREDLY
SAY, NO, IT MOST ASSUREDLY IS NOT!” WE WANT TO SHOP HERE IN EL MONTE AND NOT ELSEWHERE! Should we not have the right to do so?