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Conover business owners have mixed concerns about a new tax system that will increase costs for many retail establishments in the city.
Those concerns include worries about how the increased costs will burden small retail businesses, cause those businesses to pass on costs to customers, force some to close their doors and discourage others from locating in the city.
Several businesses shared their concerns with The O-N-E this week, but most declined to comment further without first learning more about the new system.
Owners said they do not oppose the enforcement of the tax system. However, they also said they wish the city had provided more information about the new system before leaders approved changes this week in an effort to increase revenues.
To read more of this story, pick up the weekend edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.