Retail Business, Jobs, Taxes and Prices in Taos
Support your friends and neighbors and local businesses.
Say NO to an SS Wal-Mart!
Since Wal-Mart came to Taos, the number of retail businesses decreased from 438 to 231.
In the last five years alone, retail jobs decreased from 3156 to 1500.
(US census, pub 1/2003)Order now
Those closed businesses and the lost jobs supported community members,
their children, their employees, and the stores in which they shopped.
More local businesses will close after a Wal-Mart superstore comes to town.
If businesses close at the same rate,
Taos will lose 47% of its current retail stores and 54.5% of its retail jobs in a few years.
What do we tell the families who have lost businesses or jobs that pay a living wage?
Will as many tourists visit when
we have fewer restaurants and shops because Taose�os can’t afford to support them during the year?
Can local banks stay open with fewer local business and worker deposits and when Wal-Mart deposits its money at night and withdraws it in the morning?
How long will Wal-Mart remain profitable and open when fewer people have money to spend?
Gross Receipts Taxes
In 1998 Wal-Mart accounted for only 4.6% of the total taxes due Taos from all industries.
(NM Taxation ; Revenue Dept. and Wal-Mart)
Do we change our land use code because Wal-Mart wants to blanket the country?
What do we say to the hundreds of people who worked three years to produce Vision 20/20 and our land use code?
Do we change our code that would support a local economy of thriving tourist and local-serving businesses,
cottage industries and home businesses, agriculture and small sustainable industries
that do not negatively impact the environment?
What do we leave for our children and grandchildren?
Wal-Mart tells shoppers that they have low prices.
However, a comparison of prices between the Taos food stores and the Wal-Mart superstore in Espanola shows:
Meats are up to 91% higher in WM
Fruits and vegetables up to 230% higher in WM
Dairy products up to 16% higher in WM
Beverages up to 31% higher in WM.
Some people from Espanola even come to Taos to shop in SuperSave!
If either the County or the Pueblo were viable locations for Wal-Mart,
wouldn’t they have built in either place
in the three years since Vision 20/20 was a .