In response to the letter “New Walmart adds no new problems, but a larger tax base” on Aug. 27, a resident cynically assumes that concerned citizens opposed to Walmart must have a monetary stake in some other store as the reason for opposing Walmart.
I do have a monetary stake in wanting to keep Walmart out, and it is this: I do not want the value of my home to decrease. A study in Colorado in 2010 suggested that values of properties that are near a Walmart take a hit. Let’s do the math together: lower property values = a lower tax base.
As to the writer’s claim that there should no concern about whether other stores will be driven out of business — if stores are driven out of business, the tax base will most definitely not increase. Again, let’s do the math together: empty commercial property = a lower tax base.