To the editor,
We hear all the time about how business is hurt by more tax, and that is not true. My rental business does better when we have better amenities in Cambridge because more people want to live here. With better parks, roads and library we will have more people coming to Cambridge. That will be good for clothing stores and grocery stores. Cities that have this tax have prospered like Baxter, Minn., and many others.
As a city council member in 2014 I brought the idea of an optional sales tax to Representative Johnson at the state capitol. At that time he was not against it.
If our local legislators deny the majority vote of Cambridge citizens on this matter, they will lose the next election. The will of the people has spoken!
To be sure everyone knows what they are talking about, here are some important facts. This tax is only added to the state sales tax, so it does not apply to vehicles or anything sold that is titled. It does not apply to gas, food, clothing or heating oil.
It is very small (.005). It applies to processed food, so your Applebee’s bill of $30 will be $30.15. Now if you don’t want to pay the extra 15 cents you could drive to the Applebee’s in Elk River, but they have the same tax rate.
We should all want a better Cambridge and that means that we all work together, including those living in the city and the region.