I would like to express my opposition to this as a resident that has owned and operated small businesses here in Brattleboro spanning over the last 13 years. At this point it is no secret that running a business in Southern Vermont is a very difficult thing to do. And yes, it may seem that one penny on one dollar or bringing the Brattleboro sales tax from 6% up to 7% may not be a big deal but it really is. Right now, with every business in town competing with online retailers like Amazon, or watching potential customers go across the river to tax free New Hampshire, I feel strongly that this is not a beneficial option for the town nor to the businesses in Brattleboro.
As many folks understand, currently, the cost of doing business is relentless. Something as seemingly minuscule as a 1% Local Option Sales Tax comes down to feeling like continued punishment for most people already struggling to make their businesses work in Brattleboro. We need to start helping businesses not hindering them, and this is just another kick while many are down. Small businesses are the backbone of towns like ours. This 1% Local Option Sales Tax is not a way to retain or attract new ideas or businesses in our town.
Thanks for your consideration I look forward to supporting another way to fill our fiscal needs.