Jefferson City Council Approves Wal-Mart Plan

1 decade 2 years 6 months ago Thursday, March 29 2007 Mar 29, 2007 Thursday, March 29, 2007 7:26:15 PM CDT March 29, 2007 in News

But first, the council listened to folks who favored or opposed the construction plan for the city's east side.

"I've lived on the east end for 41 years," said Don Renkemeyer, "and we have to drive 8-10 miles to buy a screwdriver."

That's why Renkemeyer supported the proposed Wal-Mart. But, other east side residents wanted big business to stay on Jefferson City's west side.

"I think it's going to be a huge increase of traffic on the east side," complained Steve Lepage. "My concern is that the city council is basically giving Wal-Mart a blank check so that Wal-Mart can build their store, pay for everything connected with that store, and it's not going to cost them a penny. It's going to cost seniors on fixed incomes and it's going to cost low wage earners."

But, Renkemeyer said, building another Wal-Mart will help the community.

"The interchange is needed whether the Wal-Mart comes or they don't."

And, even if the city council approved Wal-Mart's plan, Renkemeyer said the city won't have to pay for it because a judge could approve a Tax Development District so the store can charge extra sales tax to foot the bill.

That explanation didn't satisfy Lepage.

"To me, it's a discriminatory tax," he responded. "It's going to be charged to the low wage earners and the seniors on fixed incomes that typically shop at Wal-Mart."

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