Citizens may have noticed the large tent set up on the east end of the Oaks Shopping Center this week. Behind the tent in the parking lot designated for customers of the businesses located there are cars, cars, and more cars. All of these cars are for sell. They offer deals you can’t refuse and many buyers eager to have a new ride will jump on the deals.
Most of these ‘businesses’ are just what they appear to be – temporary – as is evidenced by the ‘temporary’ office they operate in. What happens in two weeks, two months when the ‘business’ has packed up and moved elsewhere? Local businesses find themselves faced with these buyers wanting repairs done with no money to pay for them.
Jackson County has some of the most prohibited restrictions when it comes to permanent businesses seeking to locate in Jackson County or for existing businesses that are expanding. This is not to say those restrictions are not without justification. However, there are tremendous loopholes when a temporary business opens for a few days, or a few weeks. An excellent example of this is the cars being for sale as mentioned earlier. This ‘business’ had to pay no fees, no water and sewage hookup fees, no right-of-way fees, no building permits were issued because there was no building. They are not responsible for any real estate taxes and are not required to have a business license in Jackson County.
Most of these temporary businesses bring their employees with them, therefore Jackson County does not benefit from their residents gaining employment. There is no investment into the citizens of Jackson County by these temporary businesses. They do not contribute to little league teams, FFA events, middle and high school athletic and academic programs while they are taking revenue out of Jackson County.
Jackson County needs to promote a positive economic growth for the county, allowing permanent businesses to locate in our county and give back to the county by employing local people, and giving back to programs in Jackson County. Permanent businesses hire local employees who buy homes and real estate here, who shop at local stores, have medical needs taken care of in Jackson County. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Permanent local businesses have a stake in Jackson County – they want to see it nourish and grow. They watch children in sporting events, achieve academic success, and contribute to many areas within our county. Speak up and let your voice be heard to have everyone on an even playing ground for Jackson County.