Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
Just in time for the city council’s annual establishment of the city’s tax rate(s), Worcester Citizens for Business has released a survey of 107 local businesses in the hopes that it will help push the council to give commercial owners a break this year.
So who did they ask? 64 percent of the businesses asked employ 1-20 people, 76 percent are in service or retail and 53 percent have been in Worcester for 21 or more years. What did they find? 82 percent said Worcester’s greatest strength was its location while, surprise surprise, 82 percent also said its greatest weakness was the dual tax rate. According the survey, 39% of those businesses polled are eyeing locations outside of Worcester.
(See the Worcester Citizens for Business survey.)
This year the group has tried for more visibility leading up to the tax discussion, and one friend of the group, Tony Economou, has already announced his candidacy for next year’s city council elections. Rumors are another group member may announce later on.