[Vision2020] Why is Moscow Growing report and the Higher Property Taxes

Donovan Arnold donovanjarnold2005 at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 19 07:36:23 PDT 2006

 Maybe Moscow's median income is rising because poor  people are being driven out of the area. There are less students, and a  high demand for a Super Wal-Mart. Less students being in the area would  raise the medium income. Poor people leaving because they cannot afford  to live here and moving to other areas would also drive the average  income up. 
 As to building more high end housing I would  wait because property taxes are going to go up. With a Super Wal-Mart  going up in the Pullman-Moscow corridor, Moscow is going to lose tax  revenue of the existing Wal-mart in town that will be shut down. Also,  we will most likely lose revenue from WinCo that will have a hard time  competing with a store next door that does not have a 6% sales tax on  groceries like Idaho and has lower prices and provides more customer  service likes handcarts, accepting credit cards, and bagging and  carrying your groceries for you.
 I also think that the medium  income is rising because of jobs elsewhere and a  hiring frenzy  rising wages that has been going on all over the area. 

"Peterson, Nils" <nils_peterson at wsu.edu> wrote:          Re: Why is Moscow Growing report          You can read the report on the website. The powerpoint tonight didn't shed
  much light, pretty much like having someone read the chapter to you from the
  book. ;-(
  They say: Moscow is the only community or county in the area that is
  growing, but Moscow growth rate is slowing toward zero, which should bode
  well for the aquifer
  And Moscow is getting richer, because of 'out-commuters' who seem to be
  taking high paying jobs elsewhere and living in Bedroom Community Moscow.
  (I'm one of them, if you call my job 'high paying.')
  My thoughts during the presentation
  If Moscow median income is rising what is all this fuss for a WalMart, why
  not fuss for a bog box that targets a higher median income?
  If more UI retirees are staying here, what does that suggest for demand for
  commercial and for services. Maybe we need high end housing near downtown,
  and easy walking to hospital for pacemaker tune-ups (You can see I just sat
  through an amazing Council meeting)
  Bottom line -- Where ever these people and new building is coming from,
  there is not as much of it as you think, and they are getting their money
  (income or retirement transfer payment) from outside, not working in town.
  On 9/18/06 4:57 PM, "vision2020-request at moscow.com"
  <vision2020-request at moscow.com> wrote:
  > Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 16:56:19 -0700
  > From: "Stephanie Kalasz" <skalasz at ci.moscow.id.us>
  > Subject: [Vision2020] Why is Moscow Growing Study
  > To: <vision2020 at moscow.com>
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  > Please note the following item on the City Council agenda for this
  > evening:
  > In 1995, Professors Jon R. Miller and Steven S. Peterson of the
  > University of Idaho authored a study of growth in Moscow entitled "Why
  > is Moscow Growing?"  The study was funded, in part, by the City and was
  > intended to help answer questions about the growth trends of the City.
  > In the interest of having current information on these matters, the
  > Council authorized the expenditure to have the study updated.
  > Professors Miller and Peterson have completed their work and will
  > present it to the City Council.
  > If you would like to view this report, it is available on the City
  > website:  www.ci.moscow.id.us <http://www.ci.moscow.id.us/>   there is a
  > link to the report from the center column.
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