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Conover businesses share tax concerns

April 6, 2012

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.


Unfair Tax

April 18, 2012 by Concerned Citizen, 3 years 3 days ago
Comment: 1087

I am ashamed of our city council. The only member to not be controlled by Mr. Duncan was councilman Beal. I am a business owner in Conover and now I am going to look for a location closer to Hickory.
To not even allow a public discussion on this, before a vote.Just goes to show you how business friendly our city is.
How can you exclude lawyers and others, but tax the retail. Sounds like I know the answer to why there was no discussion. I will definitely support some new canidates come re-election time. Kudos to Mr. Beal for standing up for what is right.
I think all business owners should unite and let our city council know our thoughts.

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