Expensive running a local
By Susan Bachant
December 19, 2007
In response to the letter signed Vincent Borelli, I would like
to suggest to him that it would be helpful to both himself and
the community if he would start a local business. Then he would
have the opportunity of seeing first hand how expensive it is
to do business and that the local business owners are not running
around ripping off our friends and neighbors. And I don't mean
work for a local business as a manager. I mean be the one who's
actually responsible for how the money is spent and be the one
who has to sign the checks that go out to pay for the business'
There are things that factor into the retail price of an item.
Things like the higher wages we give our employees for living
in K-town (not many people in K-town make minimum wage, but they
do in the lower 48). The cost of the workers comp insurance,
the taxes we pay, the insurance on the building, the heat, the
electricity, any equipment we might need (oh and the taxes that
the borough makes us pay just for having that equipment each
and every year) the cost of the item, and yes the shipping to
actually get it here to name a few. There is also the fact that
our volumes here are not as high as a retailer in the lower48
and so we don't get the volume discounts that they do at Walmart,
Costco, Bestbuy, etc. .
And let's not forget the donations. How many of our local business
give to the kids organizations (Soccer, Little League, BBall,
wrestling, K-Highlights, Cheer team, Schoenbar teams, Seniors,
yearbooks, boys & girls clubs, Youth Court, BBBS,etc.) the
fire dept, the police dept, the local schools, the state troopers,
the rotary club, the nonprofit organizations, the churches, and
everyone else out there who has their hand out asking for assistance?
How many thousands of dollars have you donated to these organizations
this year Mr Borelli?
My point here? Until you have walked a mile in my shoes, please
don't just assume that I am out to take my friends for all they
About: "Lived in K-town for 15 years and got a real eye
opener when I saw first hand how much it costs to do business
Received December 17, 2007
- Published December 19, 2007
Local and Road Maintenance By Vincent Borelli
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