Jack Brown and Tom Schwab were asked to justify the grandiose estimate of the sales tax revenue brought to the city as a result of the Jacobsen Grand Development Plan. The break down and real data have never been made available for the public or the City Council. That data does not exist. The number being tossed around are fictional at best. Jack Brown knows this and it is high time the City Council and the Citizens of Grand Terrace face these facts too. This question or issue has been brought into the public forum prior to Mrs Robles running for city council and Jack Browns use of her running is just another attempt to avoid the real facts of the economic impact a new Stater's will have on Grand Terrace if RDA or City Give-a-ways are used to educe its building.
Grand Terrace tax revenue questions raised
Jack Brown, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Stater Bros. Markets, said the city will generate nearly $800,000 annually in sales tax revenue.
Sylvia Robles said she had seen no evidence of this in a report prepared by Grand Terrace city staff, on which the city will base its decision.
"There is no new sales tax revenues of $800,000," she wrote. "My preliminary numbers indicate a rounded up $700,000 deficit over five years between GT inducements and new revenues."
Robles said the city will ultimately lose money on the project.
The staff report anticipates the store will contribute property tax revenues of $35,000 per year to the city's general fund and $70,000 per year to the Redevelopment Agency, as well as increase sales tax revenue 22percent compared to the existing, smaller Stater Bros. in Grand Terrace.
Sales tax revenue from individual businesses is confidential information that a city may not disclose, according to City Manager Betsy Adams.
The total revenue for all Grand Terrace businesses for fiscal year 2010-11 is $784,500, she said.
Brown declined to break down the source of his $800,000 estimate.
"I don't intend to allow someone who's running for office to use Stater Bros. for their own purposes," he said. "I have several stores that bring in excess of $800,000 in sales taxes."
Brown clarified that he meant all local, county and state sales tax generated by his store. Of the 8.75 cents taken from every dollar as sales tax in Grand Terrace, 1.25 cents will go directly to Grand Terrace's fund, according to the California Board of Equalization.
Robles said Brown called her with the mistaken impression she doubted his number.
"I told him the staff report numbers, you know, and I told him again I don't have your $800,000," she said. "I told him I recognize he's a local major employer and there's benefits of jobs historically, but we're at an impasse on the incentives he's getting from the city."
According to the Economic Development Agreement between Stater Bros. and Grand Terrace, which the city will debate at an as-yet- unscheduled meeting, the city would entice the grocer with as much as $962,500 in incentives over five years, depending on the number of jobs the store generates.
Council members have expressed strong support for the project.
"It's been a long time in planning the project," said Mayor Maryetta Ferre. "The community deserves this project, and they're looking forward to it."
During the public comment period of Tuesday's council meeting, six citizens spoke in favor of the project and two said they opposed it.
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