Why would the city's Economic Development Director James Amos attempt to defend a business owner who's business license has been revoked for NON PAYMENT OF TAXES? Mr. Amos, do not insult the intelligence of the tax payers in this town by claiming this was a miscalculation, or perhaps the fault of a bookkeeper, or even an error by the state themselves.
When something like this happens the IRS DOES NOT close a business within a few months. It takes at least a full year of non-payment to catch their eye, then another full year of ignoring their correspondence, then several more months of no communication or resolution in order for them to revoke your license, close your business and put a sign on the building. A sign that remains on the building even though attempts were made to cover it up.
Then the owner makes a crocodile tear plea to garner sympathy to save her business. Her own words were - she's working with CITY GOVERNMENT and the IRS. WHY IS OUR CITY GOVERNMENT INVOLVED in this private enterprise? They should remove themselves as far away as possible from this powder keg. My tax dollars better not be going to help out a privately owned business!
Are they stepping up to assist other businesses in their time of need?
If a person from this city robbed a bank, would they rally to generate money to make restitution and make sure that person was not punished for the illegal deed? Why would our city's administration be leading the pack in this effort? Now a fundraiser, marketed as a "community event"?
Why would anyone, especially the city, attempt to bail out a business owner who made extremely poor choices?
This was not a natural disaster that destroyed someone's small business, this was willful mismanagement and deceitful practices. This establishment CHARGED CUSTOMERS sales tax, and KEPT THOSE SALES TAXES. Those monies were intended to be funneled back into our community for any number of services, but that didn't happen. How is THAT investing in your community by being a local business owner?
This team of damage control experts are rewriting her narrative, and it may succeed for a short time, but this monster will rear it's ugly head down the road. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and there is a shell game being played right here in front of us all. Honestly, how busy would you have to be to forget to pay your taxes?
Former employees are now speaking out, vendors are coming forward about products being purchased and sold but never paid for. Is this the best "Economic Development" that this administration has to offer?
This question must be asked. How does our city government, Economic Development Director and our mayor decide which businesses are worthy of financial help and which ones should be allowed to fail. What LEGAL monetary help can be offered to this business via our tax dollars? None that I'm aware of. It is not City Hall's place to save a floundering business, so why is this place any different?
Hopefully all employee payroll taxes are current, because the IRS does not look kindly on theft of wages, unless City Hall has your back.