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LA eliminates tax to entice auto dealers to stay in city limits

KABC -- The city of Los Angeles has been losing auto dealerships to neighboring cities for years. That's because until now, L.A. charged a business tax that drove many dealers away. A new law signed by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa aims to lure more dealerships back to the city.

There are 50 workers at the new Kia dealership in downtown Los Angeles. That number will soon be going to 75. Officials say in this economy that's a big deal. The Kia dealership is the second new dealership to open in downtown Los Angeles in the last 18 months.

"Those are jobs we want to keep," said L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti. "We want you to be able to support your families. We want you to be able to go out and spend that money in our restaurants."

Car dealerships bring in a lot of sales-tax revenue,


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2012 8:21:15 AM

time will tell if it doesn't backfire on them.
Gas_Buzzer
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 8:55:10 AM

Old and unrelated news
BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 7:49:25 AM

I guess it wasn't working
tomok
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 5:48:48 AM

In order to keep businesses from moving out of the city and loosing that revenue, a city has to do what a city has to do. Sweeten the 'deal' with less taxes or no taxes and keep that earning potential inside the city limits. The money spent inside the city limits will multiply itself many times over. More jobs are created, which Barry has a very hard time trying to do!
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 12:52:30 AM

Funny how Villaraigosa just announced this on Monday and the ignoratti are already claiming it's a success.
52MPG
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 12:47:42 AM

It is amazing how less taxes promotes more commerce.
rahcat
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 12:28:21 AM

LA need every last penny that it can get its grubby hands on.
crreed1
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 12:14:29 AM

good for LA
PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 12:12:28 AM

Working deals like this and retaining jobs will keep or increase payroll taxes due to more employment.
Dodge_Me
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 12:08:25 AM

Sounds good but at what cost, they will just get the taxes another way
Jumpmaster82
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2012 12:02:43 AM

So, lowering taxes means more jobs? Amazing! Car dealership owners probably make more than $250k a year - wonder if obama understands this? uh, no.
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:55:50 PM

ok
tco9436
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:54:53 PM

Great
danreino
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:53:22 PM

Shocking
Jeeputtputt
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:50:59 PM

a start
GLCSHADOW
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:46:44 PM

Duh! Who would have thought that taxing businesses would drive them away and reducing taxes would attact them. What a crazy world....
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:46:12 PM

ok
naiiawah
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:42:20 PM

What happens when all the business taxes are eliminated and someone figures it out?
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:40:46 PM

ok
jessek
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:40:07 PM

This is one smart decision by LA.
jorod55
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:39:18 PM

LA really needs more cars on the road.
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:37:53 PM

Cities that impose taxes to business,they just drive the businesses elsewhere.
us4usa
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:35:19 PM

Greed started than tax any ways...
bonzoonfmb
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:35:07 PM

They can have some of Florida's.
ERO
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:33:58 PM

now your talking pro growth - obama take note
REKEY
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:33:29 PM

Does LA need more cars?
WIPACKERFAN
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:29:51 PM

Tax breaks will always wow businesses. Is it really the best use of tax dollars?
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:26:56 PM

cities need to be business friendly
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:25:52 PM

more workers, more cars more taxes .....seems about right....my god they are actually thinking
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:21:04 PM

cities do not understand business
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:19:34 PM

About time...
CAroadrunner101
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:17:37 PM

oops...
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:17:14 PM

ok
tessnlu
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:14:10 PM

taxes can run people away. don't blame them.
TRAIN RIDER
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:10:33 PM

How many years did it take these smart politicans to figure out they were losing dealerships and how to keep them?
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:05:32 PM

Interesting
abcdMA
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:04:43 PM

LA is leaving the liberal (tax and spend) mindset in favor of business
melvindale
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:00:38 PM

About the dealers who left. They spent a lot of money to build a new store, even if they moved into an existing building the cost to make it look like their brand of car store is supposed to look like is fairly expensive. Then there is equipment: moving the good equipment and replacing the worn equipment. Finally there is advertising. They had to let everybody know where they are, especially after a move.

Is the city of Los Angeles going to make it worth their while even with these costs?

There are other costs as well. I don't know LA. I know Detroit. When certain businesses moved to Detroit, they had a lot of employees take an early retirement, find other jobs in the company, or even quit. All because they did not want to work in Detroit. There are dangerous areas in Detroit. While they did not have to work in those areas, they had to drive through them on the way to work. Then there is the city tax. Detroit charges everyone who works in Detroit 1.5% income tax. (Its 3% if you live in Detroit, and yes they still have property tax, but no personal property tax, and no sales tax. Not in Detroit at least.)

How will LA overcome these sorts of issues for businesses?

Does it only apply to car dealers, or to all businesses? If only to car dealers - watch for that class action law suit from all the other businesses who may benefit from such a program but are denied it by the type of business they are in.

Otherwise, great idea!
96sc1
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:58:50 PM

What?!? Lower taxes entice businesses? Who'd 'a' thunk it?
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:58:33 PM

Finally, liberals figuring it out.
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:56:21 PM

thanks for the post
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:55:12 PM

ok
AnObserver
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:53:36 PM

They are called economic incentives
DustyHorse
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:53:02 PM

Now all the businesses will want a brak.
OGW
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:50:04 PM

All businesses should pay a business tax but if it is excessive and not reasonable, it will drive business away. We have paid a fair and reasonable business tax for 25 years and have no intention of moving.
RUNNINONEMPTYFL
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:44:21 PM

Here we go again...
bojiway1
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:43:44 PM

congrats to the mayor on a start. long ways to go to help L.A. and California
Tekkersmom57
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:41:31 PM

It was smart of Los Angeles to be aware of this tax that was driving the dealerships away. Smart move in removing it so now you will begin to get more sales tax revenue. If only other government officials could be so wise.
eblair54
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:38:35 PM

Good idea.
IUVidiot
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:37:21 PM

ok
indrix
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:37:01 PM

Good for the stealerships, what can I say.
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