How so? They pay the same for utilities as everyone else, and insurance (rates), and groceries, and God knows they eat out three or four times what the average person does, or can afford to do and are accustomed to leaving a 10 - 15% tip.<quoted text>
You are the problem, just ask any business owner. The move in retired citizens are cheap, don't like to spend money and want something for nothing when they do. You can't build a community on the cheap, we have way to many retired people for the population of this county. You want to help the economy, move out or spend some money.
They pay the same tax rate on their homes as the rest of us, the same price at the gas pump, for electronic toys at Radio Shack and when they need something done around the house, they hire whoever will work at the prevailing rate, and sometimes more.
They are the ones who built houses and now they're the ones who are making additions and upgrades, using local contractors.
Chances are they also tithe more than their expected share, and donate to fund raisers (as long as they aren't scams) and the food pantry, and the animal shelter, and the.... And volunteer? Of course they do! And do they get involved in politics? Not very often.
What do you expect - for them to stand on a corner and hand out money? Or pay a premium price for sub-par merchandize (or knock-off purses), out of the goodness of their hearts?
And one other thing - their retirement checks make up a huge percentage of money coming into the area!
Without the retirees, this county would be in a world of hurt, not that it isn't already.