To The Editor:

In regards to the letter to the editor (Solution Simple, But Unpopular MLN 11/6/14, page 6A) the writer’s solution is not only simple but actually economically unsound. There are many arguable comments contained in the letter but let’s look at a few, not necessarily in order.. “After initial revenue of building permits and material use tax, that sector (residential) becomes a long term drain financially”. All those residential units then begin to pay property taxes which, I assume, is more than vacant land pays. Appears to be a financial increase rather than a financial drain. “A purely untaxed residential retirement community, unfortunately. is not economic reality”. Again, I assume the writer is referring to Sun City Mesquite. As a resident, I am taxed, property taxes being one of the taxes. The retirement residents, whether they are full-time residents or snow birds, pay the full property tax which partially supports the local and county schools through these property taxes, even though they have no school age children which would impact the school system. I also shop in Mesquite and pay a sales tax which does benefit the City of Mesquite. In addition, I pay a Systems Improvement District assessment which provided the infrastructure to pay for public improvements such as sewer, water and other utilities. That assessment does not include roads, curbs and sidewalks because these are private roads, etc. and I pay for the improvements and maintenance through HOA dues, unlike the writer who apparently relies on the City budget for these items. “Oasis closure—–with the continued closing of retail operations in Mesquite, sales tax collection diminishes”. Exactly why does the writer think these businesses closed? The fact is that the population base (residents/consumers) was not sufficient to support the business. “Small businesses will find no need for their respective services when a better alternative exists with large selections and lower prices in St. George and Las Vegas.” True, but why is that a fact? Specifically, St. George has a residential (consumer) population over 158,000. Business comes when there are enough residents to support it. Slowing residential growth in Mesquite will only prolong the lack of new businesses.

Michael Stilley