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  1. #76

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoulderSooner View Post
    if okc offered costco 0 dollars they would absolulty have built thier store 2 or 3 miles away in edmond on I35 for the money they would have gotten from that city and OKC would be getting 0 dollars in sales taxes from them ..
    Nope. I know the broker and they were only looking at this site.

  2. #77

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny d View Post
    We have decades of them NOT coming here as proof something needed to change. They opened in states without strong-point beer, as well (Utah, being among them). So what was the factor?
    There are hundreds of businesses that had never been here before and chose to come without incentives.

    There are tons of reasons, mainly the growth of the city and their own expansion plans.

  3. #78

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    Quote Originally Posted by jn1780 View Post
    So at what point does Costco became the norm and we don't give them anymore tax incentives? The second store, third store, fourth store? At some point there not any better at bringing in revenue then a Walmart or Sam's club. They are competitors and most people who went to Costco had a Sams club membership and they don't plan on renewing at Sams.
    yeah, i had the opportunity to visit the Sam's on Memorial last weekend, and it was vacant AF. Definitely seemed like most of the Chads were at the Costco.

  4. #79

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    No, I'm sorry, but it's not. If COSTCO had not come to OKC, the land would sit there vacant for some period of time. Relatively little tax money is collected on vacant land. The incentives provided are tax postponement of money that would not have been collected unless and until COSTCO built their store. The city never paid out any $, but will get back a ton of money in something like, 5 years, that the city would not have otherwise gotten. Additional sales tax money is a matter of whether COSTCO increases the net tax take or just redistributes it. It is the property tax revenue increase that is the payoff for the incentives. You can't spend money on education that is not there.
    This doesn't even take into consideration the 100-200 jobs COSTCO provides, though they are not executive level, they are jobs.
    all of this ;..


    if someone wants to argue about the entire state not offering retail incintives that is something different but as long as cities are competing for the tax dollars it is a game you must play

    moore has made tons and tons off of thier tax incintives mostly at the expense of south okc ..

  5. #80

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    Nope. I know the broker and they were only looking at this site.
    because they were going to get incintives ...

  6. #81

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    1) Considering they receive incentives from virtually everywhere they locate a store, I think that's pretty good evidence they would not have. According to the COSTCO thread, they even got a similar package from the Dallas area stores they put in and Dallas is a virtual no-brainer for a retailer like COSTCO.

    2) Again, per the COSTCO thread, they received similar packages or even got more from most all other cities in this area. It is also not known if the amount they got from OKC was already negotiated down from an original request.

    For COSTCO, there was no big pool of money. No one wrote them a check. They just got a deferral on their property taxes. Again, without COSTCO that plot of land would produce a very small amount of tax revenue. With the COSTCO building, gas station, parking places and (if any other retail is attached) the city will get a much MUCH larger amount of tax revenue in a few years.

    The only gift COSTCO got was a deferral on their property taxes - tax revenue the city would not have gotten anyway if COSTCO had not come here.

    I can't talk for Wal Mart or Target but if they didn't seek or receive any incentives, that is their choice. COSTCO doesn't put in stores in the number the other 2 retailers do. OKC will only get one and maybe 2 more COSTCO's - and who knows, they may not seek incentives for the other stores.

    A quick look showed that Denver suburbs gave incentives to COSTCO to build. The City of Arvada offered $9 million in sales tax rebates to help with construction costs. The CIty of Denver offered Target $4 million to locate a store downtown.

  7. #82

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    Quote Originally Posted by jn1780 View Post
    So at what point does Costco became the norm and we don't give them anymore tax incentives? The second store, third store, fourth store? At some point there not any better at bringing in revenue then a Walmart or Sam's club. They are competitors and most people who went to Costco had a Sams club membership and they don't plan on renewing at Sams.
    if costco wants to build a second store and the options are okc or not okc ie moore or norman then yes okc should give them an incintive again

  8. #83

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoulderSooner View Post
    because they were going to get incintives ...
    No, because it was the only logical site to serve the market they want to serve.

  9. #84

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    A quick look showed that Denver suburbs gave incentives to COSTCO to build. The City of Arvada offered $9 million in sales tax rebates to help with construction costs. The CIty of Denver offered Target $4 million to locate a store downtown.
    And I could list scores of stores that received none.

    And if you are looking for comparable #'s, OKC gave Costco more than Tulsa did.

  10. #85

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    So basically we throw money at major retailers based on popular trends. Walmart gets the bad rap, but Costco, Cabelas, Bass Pro, puts small businesses out of business also.

  11. #86

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    Quote Originally Posted by jn1780 View Post
    So basically we throw money at major retailers based on popular trends. Walmart gets the bad rap, but Costco, Cabelas, Bass Pro, puts small businesses out of business also.
    We throw it at anyone who asks and simultaneously threatens not to invest here.

  12. Default Re: Any new economic developments?

    Quote Originally Posted by dcsooner View Post
    I am one of those who always harp on OKCs lack of diversity in industry. Oklahoma does not seem to COMPETE for higher paying more stable industries. This kind of attitude is what keeps Oklahoma at the bottom of almost every economic category and stifles growth and prosperity. The notion that any of us least of all me thinks OKC can or will be Dallas is preposterous and not even in the realm of possibility, however, as was mentioned why can't this State use Dallas' success to bolster ours? why can't OKC be the backoffice location for those large Corporations that all DFW home. I agree with Jonny D
    I couldn't agree with this statement more!! Also an expat, this is my argument as well. OKC needs to expand to compete. Like it or not, OKC is Oklahoma's largest city and is best positioned to compete against other large metros. OKC is not Dallas BUT OKC should strive to compete or offer a lower cost alternative for businesses there and elsewhere - where the business can expand less expensively but make a HUGE impact to OKC and Oklahoma.

    Ask Milwaukee if they take a back seat to Chicago. Certainly not in the same league as Chicago but Milwaukee tries to compete and use Chicago's disadvantages to its advantage. Ditto Portland, San Diego, Saint Paul, Baltimore, Charlotte, most other cities relatively close to a larger or more well known city/metro.

    OKC should indeed go after those back office jobs Dallas probably doesn't want nor need. OKC should definitely offer incentives to move companies downtown. Should we not have checks and balances? No, we should and they should be constructive and not just "help the homeless" arguments. But we need critical mass of job growth to compete with the monster that DFW and Houston are. That is OKC's competition - so any growth particularly with that cheap of incentive to come downtown - is a no brainer.

    I have to say this is why I'm so happy the city didn't fully change over. We need about 10 or so more years of economic growth (and population growth) before we can have an OKC dominated by progressives. Just look at Seattle, this city is failing now but at least we can afford it given the massive growth.
    Oklahoma City, the RENAISSANCE CITY!

  13. #88

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    I think JoBeth got exactly what she (and her supporting bloc) wanted with their no vote: serve notice that incentives might not be automatic, raise social service needs awareness, and initiate the discussion of those items within the public. ALL THE WHILE KNOWING THE INCENTIVE PACKAGE WAS GOING TO PASS. Although a smart politician gets benefit from a losing hand, the smartest are able to support both sides of the vote. I think that is what JoBeth, Nikki Nice and James Cooper were able to accomplish.
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  14. Default Re: Any new economic developments?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dob Hooligan View Post
    I think JoBeth got exactly what she (and her supporting bloc) wanted with their no vote: serve notice that incentives might not be automatic, raise social service needs awareness, and initiate the discussion of those items within the public. ALL THE WHILE KNOWING THE INCENTIVE PACKAGE WAS GOING TO PASS. Although a smart politician gets benefit from a losing hand, the smartest are able to support both sides of the vote. I think that is what JoBeth, Nikki Nice and Jason Cooper were able to accomplish.
    James, not Jason.

  15. #90

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    Thank you!

  16. #91

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoulderSooner View Post
    in most cases in the last 5-10 years OKC only pays the incentive after the bench mark is met ...
    That's good to know. Where did you find this infoemation?

  17. #92

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    And I could list scores of stores that received none.

    And if you are looking for comparable #'s, OKC gave Costco more than Tulsa did.
    Tulsa also has a more definitively defined region where the most discretionary wealth is located. OKCs is much more widely spread across the entire mero area making it a harder decision to locate or where to locate.

    Edit: Tulsa did, in fact, give them an incentive.

    Edit 2: something called freepressOKCreported the reason for the additional $1 million was due to additional grading and creek relocation of the OKC lot.

  18. #93

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    We throw it at anyone who asks and simultaneously threatens not to invest here.
    OKC clearly wants certain retailers who are not going to come here organically because of reputation and demographics. Threads on here prove that point. COSTCO had OKC as a lower priority so to decrease their risk, they asked for the incentive which OKC will benefit from taxwise in a few years. In the meantime, OKC shoppers have another choice and it costs them nothing because no money was "given" to them.

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    Default Re: Any new economic developments?

    Quote Originally Posted by gopokes88 View Post
    I would like hear more than “we could use that for the homeless”, it’s not like other cities and states have snapped their fingers allocated money and fixed it. California spends enormous amounts of money and has gotten no where.

    If they wanna start a fight against incentives fine, but they need to argue more than 6 inches deep.

    The incentives brought the jobs here. That’s a fact. And you can’t say, they would have come here anyway. That’s a hypothetical, you can’t prove that as fact
    Abolishing sales tax on food and eliminate the state corporate income tax might help more than company incentives. Individual income tax, too. All tax reform changes would have broader appeal by making the state more attractive to both workers and companies from outside the state. Everybody would benefit. But coming to terms as to how to tax elsewhere to make up for lost revenue would probably be next to impossible to agree on at the state capitol. Probably a good amount of money could be found by eliminating most incentives from the state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunty View Post
    Abolishing sales tax on food and eliminate the state corporate income tax might help more than company incentives. Individual income tax, too. All tax reform changes would have broader appeal by making the state more attractive to both workers and companies from outside the state. Everybody would benefit. But coming to terms as to how to tax elsewhere to make up for lost revenue would probably be next to impossible to agree on at the state capitol. Probably a good amount of money could be found by eliminating most incentives from the state.
    I have often thought about this. Even just getting rid of the income tax (leaving the sale tax intact) would be huge! But the increase would have to probably come from property taxes. Texans pay a premium for property taxes, I believe.

  21. Default Re: Any new economic developments?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jersey Boss View Post
    That's good to know. Where did you find this infoemation?
    You are absolutely correct. Once the incentives are approved the money is not paid until the requirements are met. As for Costco it was never about getting them here but rather getting them in Oklahoma City. The incentives to Costco will be recouped by the city 10 times over in sales tax revenue.

  22. #97

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jersey Boss View Post
    That's good to know. Where did you find this infoemation?
    mostly just from watching Economic development trust meetings

  23. Default Re: Any new economic developments?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny d View Post
    I have often thought about this. Even just getting rid of the income tax (leaving the sale tax intact) would be huge! But the increase would have to probably come from property taxes. Texans pay a premium for property taxes, I believe.
    Fact ! My sister in Ft Worth area has a house about 1,000 sq ft smaller than mine and pays almost double what I pay in property tax, and I pay $3,400.00 per year.

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    A friend of my niece and his partner have a condo near downtown Austin - nearing a million in value - pays nearly $20k per year just in property tax.

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    Oklahoma has the 10th lowest combined state and local taxes (sales, property, state income) at 8.6% while Texas has the 6th lowest at 7.6%

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