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|"King Mike" Takes Over
| Daryle Klassen
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014
As a former member of the Loveland City council, and
supporter of every economic development proposal that
came before me, I have to comment on the pure folly and
naked unfairness the council is considering on the Sprouts
$2.2 million gift.
To be sarcastically equal in attempts to be fair for all, I have
some recommendations for council to consider in their
ambitious economic development efforts. Remember
now.....This $2.2 million is not a loan, it is an outright gift.
The city calls it a loan, but it is repaid with our own city sales
tax dollars. As Jackie Gleason used to say...."How sweet it
is !" For Who ??
Recommendation #1 I had to take my Cadillac to Fort
Collins for some inspection. We have a leakage here, and I
propose we gift $2.2 million to an auto agency who will bring
a Cadillac Dealer ship to Loveland. They can pay us back
with our sales tax dollars.
Recommendation #2 Our city handles its banking
transactions with a Fort Collins Bank. We have a real
leakage problem here. I recommendation we offer $2.2
million to a large corporate bank who will come to Loveland
and bring this leakage home. They can pay us back with our
own sales tax dollars !
Recommendation #3 We need a huge truck stop right here
in Loveland, besides the one in Johnstown. I recommend
we offer some company $2.2 million to come build a huge
truck stop in Loveland, and stop that leakage going to
Johnstown. Remember, they could pay us back with our
own sales tax dollars, just like the Sprouts deal.
Recommendation #4 Downtown Loveland needs a dinner
theater. This is another leakage going to Johnstown. We
should offer $2.2 million to anyone who would build a dinner
theater in downtown Loveland. And when built, they could
pay us back the "loan" with our own sales tax dollars. A
dozen other leakage needs could be named, also deserving
of $2.2 million gifts.
Fair is Fair ! Since we so desperately need to fill these
needs in Loveland, why not continue the city council's foray
into the banking business ? The city needs to get registered
with the State of Colorado's Banking regulators.
One question being asked fervently in council hearing
is....."What sort of re-distribution of sales tax dollars will take
place if and when Sprouts is open ??"
No answer was forthcoming, and all parties interested in
getting Sprouts into town dodged the question very artfully.
However, I gave Loveland's city staff the names of two
grocery managers, one who had been manager of the
downtown Safeway for about 20 years, and another
Gentleman who had been manager of Albertsons for about
20 years, call them, and they will tell you with fairly accurate
summations what is going to happen to Safeway,
Albertsons, King Soopers, and especially the Crunchy
Grocer when Sprouts opens. These gentlemen had been
managing our local stores when additional competition
opened in Loveland.
Did the city's staff economic promoter call these learned
men, seeking answer(s) to the sales tax re-distribution
problem ? NO! Rest assured, serious re-distribution of
our existing sales tax dollars will take place. And Sprouts
has a pretty good idea of the amount.
There is a major fairness issue here. Notice King Soopers
is doing a huge expansion. Do they get $2.2 million to help
them out in this competitive situation ?? NO !
Safeway and Albertsons have been 50 year sales tax
collectors in Loveland, and completed competitive
expansions. Have they received $2.2 million to fairly
compete ?? NO !
Then, there's the story of the Crunchy Grocer. They
requested some up front helping dollars, and were told to go
fish, ending up with some "appropriate" assistance from the
city. No way with up front dollars, but the billion dollars
Sprouts corporation is lined up to receive a $2.2 million gift
from the city. How level is this competition playing field ?
Then, there's the facade story about how this is enhancing
our poorly performing Portfolio dollars, charging Sprouts 3
per cent, while our portfolio earns a paltry 1 per cent. Well,
since Sprouts will be repaying the "loan" with our own sales
tax dollars, and we want to enhance the return into our city's
portfolio, why not charge them 6 or 7 per cent, since they are
REPAYING THE "loan" with our own sales tax dollars !! We
are paying the interest to OURSELVES!!
I believe in level playing fields, with equal treatment to all,
fairness in competition. We all would like for Sprouts to
come to Loveland. They are very smart and clever business
folks. They see Loveland's anxiousness, and are playing
our city council like a tom tom, and council is dancing to their
every beat .
Loveland City Council member , 2006-13
PS: Loveland needs a broadcast radio station. Please gift
me $2.2 million and I'll bring one into town.
|Loveland Economic Development
Manager Mike Scholl is nicknamed
"King Mike" in City Hall.
The Michigan transplant is strategic
about sharing his political leanings
and history within the community