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  • McLovin
    December 06, 2011 - 07:45

    Three breweries, a soft drink bottling plant, a baked goods factory and a dairy/ice cream products plant? Is this City going after all the major commercial water consumers for any specific reason?

  • McLovin
    December 05, 2011 - 12:21

    Do commercial buildings in St. John's have water meters?

  • EB
    December 04, 2011 - 03:45

    By all means let them pay increased taxes, homeowners were reassessed and this resulted in higher taxes. Why should businesses be exempt? They make millions and can afford to pay higher taxes. That is one of the problems in this country, the rich are not taxed enough. It is time they paid their dues.

  • David
    December 03, 2011 - 14:12

    At $24 a dozen for such truly godawful products, these "brewers" should just quietly pay the tax and keep thier business profile as low as possible....they have a license to print money, thanks to a clueless and oblivious market. Pay the tax, keep telling us how quintessentially "Canadian" (!) your wretched swill is, keep shipping the profits to your foreign owners, and let the good times roll.

    • PETER
      December 03, 2011 - 20:38

      DAVID, before you make such comments on the price of beer and the licence to print money you should look deeper into the pricing. Do you realize that a huge percentage of that is already tax? If the business and property tax proves too much and they pull up stakes and move out, the city will be left with huge buildings that cannot sell, a loss of business and property tax, and a loss of jobs for one aweful lot of people. You should also look into owner ship, you make comments that really have no basis in reality. As for the product, some like it, some don't, but you shouldn't make such biased comments without looking at facts. Me? I hate beer, but others like it, and it is part of our commerce, if you don't like it fine, but at least make comments that make sense.

    • David
      December 05, 2011 - 15:41

      Molson's and Labbatt's are subsidiaries of foreign mulit-national companies...if you don't even know that much, I suspect a discussion of the criminally robust economics of selling alcohol, including the aspect that each provincial government puts their own tax ON TOP of the price (not as a 'cut' of the manufacturer's profit) would surely be pointless.

    • PETER
      December 06, 2011 - 16:33

      DAVID, again you have it wrong. Beer is $24 a dozen, taxes in, not $24 a dozen plus tax, so the tax is not on top, it is included. There is nothing criminal about selling beer or alcohol, you may not agree with it, but it is not illegal. The companies involved to not send $24 a dozen away to foreign companies, only a small fraction goes, and that is the same for most large companies operating in Newfoundland, again nothing illegal about that. Gas companies, food and restaurant industries and so many more do that, how about cigarettes?Also, the huge jump in assessed values, even according to the courts is unfair. Imagine if your home went from $100,000 to over a million dollars for tax assessment, that is the kind of jump they took. If they closed up, the price of beer would be higher, that matters not at all to me. But the unemployment it would cause, and the loss of a city tax income, plus those who like a beer would have to pay more just for the shipping, and the foreign companies would still get their cut. Again, at least have a balanced view, not a biased view.

  • MBC
    December 03, 2011 - 11:29

    I'll drink to that appeal !!

  • c brewer
    December 03, 2011 - 09:47

    Of course, tax them all to death so that they all pull up stakes and transfer their businesses to NOVA SCOTIA.

    • David
      December 03, 2011 - 17:04

      Please don't let them leave...we'll pay them to stay! Just have them fill out this ACOA application, and their expenses become sources of revenue....it's the Newfie business math, aka Finance for [Politicians of] Dummies.