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My3Cents

Chicago, IL

#1 Jul 23, 2012
The writing is on the wall of a deep recession is about to hit this country hard yet the city seems dead set on voting for a food tax. Not a smart move by your elected officials.
watcher

Harrison, AR

#2 Jul 23, 2012
It is not a food tax, it is a restaurant tax. It will add a few cents onto a meal. But combined, it will make a big difference to the city of Manchester.Every other town in America has it already! One of the many reasons Manchester is so far behind everybody else.
My3Cents

Chicago, IL

#3 Jul 23, 2012
That isn't true at all! My guess is that you are one of the politicians that seek the tax. You obviously never read a book on how true free enterprise economy works. Your idea comes from a progressive group of people who believe government creates jobs. Small business owners create jobs, your idea is to take from the hard working people who took all the risk invested from their own savings and take from them. That only causes a burden on those businesses. Some I am sure are on the edge in surviving, for even McDonald's failed to meet expectations in earnings today which only gives my original statement more credibility. What has Manchester done to help those that started their business? Is this area like China who allows some who can open a bussiness and those who can't?
Since only a few are contributing for your agenda are you going to give tax breaks to those businesses to offset what they will lose when they have to raise prices because the Feds want to print more money for QE 3?[Quantitative easing]
These ideas is a form of socialism by taking those that are working and dumping it to grow government. It starts with a part time worker and ends with a full time worker who is in the political click with benefit and a pension which will be paid for by all tax payers. Sorry sir but you are misleading the people.
watcher wrote:
It is not a food tax, it is a restaurant tax. It will add a few cents onto a meal. But combined, it will make a big difference to the city of Manchester.Every other town in America has it already! One of the many reasons Manchester is so far behind everybody else.
my guess

London, KY

#4 Jul 23, 2012
Hey watcher you typical democrat to fix something just put a tax on it. How stupid to think a tax will bring in visitors, what brings in tourist is something worth while to visit. All the tax will do is make resturants an our one motel raise it rates, want be people running to come here to pay more. Its sad how ignorant people are, anytime you raise the cost of producing something it gets passed on to consumers, just like all the new regulation on electric companies will be passed onto us the users, tyhe goverment just sets back gets the new regulation money to spend on worthless programs that benefit the moochiers. All you that have those governm,ent free phones, you wonder where the money comes from to pay for them, surprise surprise they a tax on honest hardworking peoples cell phones bills that pays for you moochiers. I am sick and tired of whinning crying democrats they are destroying this country, they can not win an election honest so they keep moochiers voting for them by giving them free stuff, buch of crooks is all they are.
james

Eubank, KY

#5 Jul 23, 2012
not every town has this and i dont think manchester needs this because i notice alot of people are already haveing a time makeing a profit off their companys and when more tax is added it makes it hard on not only the people but the restaurant owners too this is crazy and its not gonna help much bringing in some country star one time a year and puting money in their own pockets like the beer tax if you notice isnt been spent right look around people do you really thank this restaurant tax is gonna help too dont be blinded by this it will help more then it will help!
james

Eubank, KY

#6 Jul 23, 2012
it will hurt more then it will help i mean!
maybe

London, KY

#7 Jul 23, 2012
they should have outlined a definite plan for what they would use the tax revenues for....instead of some vague ideal of tourism they should be more specific.....such as....

....the tax money generated will first go toward hiring a very very qualified person to oversee it, ya got to pay good money to get the best and brightest after all....(i'm seeing maybe kelly sanlin).

....then kelly will maybe work a deal to get some more old building to put in the city moneypit....the paper will come out takes photos and spins the story of what all the tourism tax dollars has done to help the community?
Stan

Versailles, KY

#9 Jul 23, 2012
If the City Council votes for such a tax then it their responsibility to share with the voters a detailed plan and budget for how those dollars would be utilized to improve the community.

The voters will have their voices heard in the next election cycle and can hold those on the City Council accountable for their votes to raise taxes.

Stay tuned in, be alert, attend meetings, view the open records for meetings, and monitor who and how they cant their votes on issues. An informed citizen who votes is less likely to be able to be taken advantage of by self-serving officials.
my3cents

Chicago, IL

#11 Jul 23, 2012
I thought I read in the paper a few weeks back that your Mayor had a plan, unfortunately most of it was pork, ways of spending your tax money. Why doesn't the city annex the properties they were talking about, check the revenue from these properties and focus on paying their bills? Does anybody ever notic ethat the States that have the biggest government have the highest taxes and are the ones with the biggest fattest debt that can at the end hurt the pensioners who count on their retirment money to live? i.e KY. IL. CA. NY. Manchester will be able to toot it's horn when you stop spending money. What businesses look for are the places with the less tax or less burdens you place upon them. You people in the city council just don't get it. Businesses want to competeto survive and make money. Just remember and this is imporant if you want to succeed, it's not what you make, it's what you keep!
wondering

London, KY

#12 Jul 23, 2012
All you in favor of this tax, let me ask have any of you every run a business. When this tax happens business have to make choices, raise prices, have fewer workers, not expand there business. When the obama tax takes affect in obama care, you will see less workers, higher prices, business close thats what taxes do. All you idiots that think business exist just for you pleasure i got news fo you if a business don't make aprofit they close. I thought the tax from alcohol sales was the answer to clay countys problms, funny they now need more money so add a tax, clay nots a big thriving city that gets lots of tourist so what few we do get will just go somewhere else where they will have a large choice of activities to choose from.
Betty merdth smith

Bolivar, MO

#13 Jul 23, 2012
Just tolet everyone know WATCHER is bette know as Betty Merdith Smith which is why she itaking up for the tax and fr her nephew WES HACKER.
Clay County Girl

Harrison, AR

#14 Jul 23, 2012
It doesn't matter if they tax everything in Clay County...It will only go in a few pockets and we all know that. LOOK at the alcohol sales taxes. Look at the WNT deal..We taxpayers are still filling the pockets of the wealthy in CC..Thousands of dollars every month..CHECK it out..ASK Penny ROBINSON, John EDD, MAYOR SAYLOR,
THEY all know...We will never progress to a scenic area or any tourism programs..Those in Charge make sure we do not get a chance to grow and make any progress. NO wonder CC has so many moochers..We only have the poor,poor and poorest...You can not get ahead for the barriers set up by those in charge of programs and businesses..
truth

United States

#16 Jul 24, 2012
watcher wrote:
It is not a food tax, it is a restaurant tax. It will add a few cents onto a meal. But combined, it will make a big difference to the city of Manchester.Every other town in America has it already! One of the many reasons Manchester is so far behind everybody else.
Your FOS.London does not have it. They have talked about it for 10 years but when the people fine out about it the mayor decide not to bring it up for a vote.A number of the city council that were in favor of it got beat in the election because the people are againist it. There are many city in ky that don't have it. I don't think hyden or mckee or booneville has it either.
The mainbacker of it was the local newspaper.They were kissingup to the people running the touriest welcome center.
I have a better ideal for people that think like you. I think each fast food place should have a donate to city box. So people like you can donate atleast a dollar a week to the city. Since it a dollar your kind should have no problem with it.
Stan

Versailles, KY

#17 Jul 24, 2012
I urge every voter in the City/County to call city hall, flood the phone lines, and make sure to cast your vote against anyone that supports a new tax on the hard working people and businesses of our community. Let's hold them accountable for the effective and efficient use of the new alcohol tax revenues. We can do better!
Clay County Girl wrote:
It doesn't matter if they tax everything in Clay County...It will only go in a few pockets and we all know that. LOOK at the alcohol sales taxes. Look at the WNT deal..We taxpayers are still filling the pockets of the wealthy in CC..Thousands of dollars every month..CHECK it out..ASK Penny ROBINSON, John EDD, MAYOR SAYLOR,
THEY all know...We will never progress to a scenic area or any tourism programs..Those in Charge make sure we do not get a chance to grow and make any progress. NO wonder CC has so many moochers..We only have the poor,poor and poorest...You can not get ahead for the barriers set up by those in charge of programs and businesses..
Stan

Versailles, KY

#18 Jul 24, 2012
BM is not a leader and anyone who thinks so is nutz!!
My3Cents wrote:
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Please tell me it ain't so! How can a woman who wanted to disregard the laws with asking the city council to allow her to drive an off road vehicle namely her golf cart on State roads so in her words, "Save money because the gas prices are too high." ever vote for a tax such as the one she seems to favor? This can't be. Please, tell me you made a mistake. For God's sake that would be hypocrisy in the purest form. How can someone not want to pay taxes for having the roads paved but enjoying the benefits of them? She was asking to allow herself to be above the law is what she was doing!
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Stan

Versailles, KY

#19 Jul 24, 2012
How about the City Council members be held accountable for the effective and efficient use of the new alcohol tax revenues? Why not see how those new funds can be utilized to improve the city prior to even bringing up a new tax on the working people and businesses. Geesh, we can do better!!
watcher wrote:
It is not a food tax, it is a restaurant tax. It will add a few cents onto a meal. But combined, it will make a big difference to the city of Manchester.Every other town in America has it already! One of the many reasons Manchester is so far behind everybody else.
LilMsHadEnuf

London, KY

#20 Jul 24, 2012
Solution to this problem: Vote against any member of the Manchester committee that votes to enforce this tax. The people in Manchester have been conned enuf. We don't live in Lexington, we don't live in million dollar homes and we don't earn $500,000 per year. This is a poor city, no jobs available and no chance of any big business settling here. The taxes are one HUGE reason that no business wants to come. Mayor Saylor should understand by now, give these big businesses incentives to move jobs into Manchester by keeping the taxes lower than any other area. Obviously, our elected city officials don't have a clue about encouraging businesses to come. We need local business owners on this committee, people who understand how to generate revenue by giving rewards to those who produce jobs and income. These resturant and hotel owners are being punished for doing business in Manchester, Now, let me explain this in simple terms: If I were visiting Manchester, before I paid higher rates for a hotel....I would stay in London, eat in London and buy gas in London. Since the committee wants to compare us to London, let's do that...London has cheaper gas, better selection of resturants, shopping and it's only a few miles from Manchester. One would save money by staying in London. Here's the highlight of London, NO 3% resturant and hotel taxes. Now, excuse me but I'm going to London for shopping at the Super Center and a good meal at Dino's....see y'all there.
Stan

Versailles, KY

#21 Jul 24, 2012
We need a Chamber of Commerce that actively seeks to promote area business and economic development interests. Members should be included in information meetings with the City Council and Fiscal Court so that they can offer suggestions and work together to improve the community.

We have assets that can be utilized to promote the community. We have bountiful landscapes, scenic waterways, mountainous terrain, and a unique and special Appalachian hertiage that can be leveraged to promote the area and help our community have more pride in itself and our people.

We need leaders that have the ability to communicate a vision of a better Clay County. Our people deserve better and we can do better!
Concerned

Brodhead, KY

#22 Jul 24, 2012
More taxes, more fees, raise the water rates, tax food, start a lottery, those are the answers to all your little problems. How much more are tax payers going to take??? Vote these people out of office that dont listen to the people and replace them...hopefully with someone with some sense that will cut spending and have a balanced budget. The more you give them, the more they spend. You know they have to have money to pay the mayors salary now and pay for that chunk of land they bought that helped no one except a fellow setting up in the clerks office. Manchester is not London, and its not Corbin, hell it aint even Pineville. Vote the rascals and the tax pushers out of office. That should send a message to all that we are not going to take it any more. Im surprised they havent tried to raise the tax on those that have a job in this county. I will be spending some money in London too LilmisHadEnough. You sure see a lot of people from Manchester at Kroger and Wal-Mart in London. Wonder why???
Stan

Versailles, KY

#23 Jul 24, 2012
Yes, vote the bums out!

We must get those incompetent and inept officials that feel entitled to the office out at the next election cycle and replace them with hard working moms, blue collar dads, working professionals, business leaders, young emerging leaders and others that are oriented to serve their community and not those who are self-serving and only seek to enrich themselves. We can do better!

Vote out and replace any member of the city council, the fiscal court, or the board of education that supports raising your taxes!
Concerned wrote:
More taxes, more fees, raise the water rates, tax food, start a lottery, those are the answers to all your little problems. How much more are tax payers going to take??? Vote these people out of office that dont listen to the people and replace them...hopefully with someone with some sense that will cut spending and have a balanced budget. The more you give them, the more they spend. You know they have to have money to pay the mayors salary now and pay for that chunk of land they bought that helped no one except a fellow setting up in the clerks office. Manchester is not London, and its not Corbin, hell it aint even Pineville. Vote the rascals and the tax pushers out of office. That should send a message to all that we are not going to take it any more. Im surprised they havent tried to raise the tax on those that have a job in this county. I will be spending some money in London too LilmisHadEnough. You sure see a lot of people from Manchester at Kroger and Wal-Mart in London. Wonder why???

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