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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 12:04 am, Fri Jul 18, 2014.

Applause for story on commuters’ impact

I applaud the article written by Daniel J. Chacón (“Working in Santa Fe, living elsewhere,” July 10). Chacón’s spot-on article describes a problem that has plagued Santa Fe for years — collect a paycheck in Santa Fe and spend it in another city. What’s the bottom line? As pointed out by Homewise, in 2007 the city lost $301.6 million in revenue.

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1 comment:

  • charles w Rodriguez posted at 5:52 am on Sat, Jul 19, 2014.

    scarecrow Posts: 56

    I read this story with interest. I've lived in Santa Fe since 1984 and worked elsewhere, commuting back to SFE every evening. It's with chagrin that I read how city councellors fantasize about possible solutions. In my experience, goods and services routinely available elsewhere are difficult to come by in Santa Fe. As a trivial example, but no less symbolic of the overall problem, when I go to buy a common item, I find that the most popular commodities are sold out. I'm not sure what's so dysfunctional about store managers that they can't understand the income they lose by not having the most popular items available without running out of stock. Additionally, because of the relatively small marketplace, many specialty items aren't available, at all. So, I find myself traveling to ABQ or mail ordering almost all my bigger purchases. And, I hate to even mention the repressive gross receipts tax applied to all purchases in NM. It's cheaper for me to mail order and pay shipping, than to buy inside NM and pay the taxes associated with the sale.

    Don't misunderstand me. I love living here. I wouldn't want things to be any other way. But our city planners are missing the point. But, what else is new?

     

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