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Small Business Owner Says Enough Already!

In Uncategorized on July 10, 2008 at 3:01 pm

I own a small retail business in Ridgewood. My daily water usage amounts to one toilet flush and one use of the sink to wash my hands. The sewage tax bill I received amounts to about $1.50 per day – this on top of a water bill that adds up to about $1 per day. You’d think that my plumbing fixtures were made of gold and that sparkling Pellegrino is being pumped through the lines at those prices!

This tax is the last straw that is driving me out of business. Even though business has dropped off significantly in the last few months (once-twice a week I don’t even get any customers through the door, sometimes even on Saturdays!) I’ve been subjected to ever increasing tax bills like this sewage tax. I’m now paying thousands of dollars out of my pocket each month just to pay taxes and bills, and I’m stuck in a lease that may take me years to get out of and could potentially bankrupt me.

It’s no wonder there are so many empty retail spaces on Ridgewood Ave., Broad St., etc. It’s simply too expensive to do business in Ridgewood. Even worse, the residents of this village don’t support local businesses. For all of you complaining about the abundance of banks, when was the last time you purchased something from a local, independently owned store in Ridgewood (and I don’t mean Dunkin Donuts, the Gap or Rite Aid)? Remember, you reap what you sow.

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  1. there are a lot of empty stores ,but I think the Chamber opf Commerce should be marketing the town better

  2. when i moved here many, many years ago you could spend the day shoppping ridgewood … sealfons, furniture stores … boy … do i MISS drapkin’s … ridgewood was mostly retail … now we are restaurants and banks … unfortunately people are not coming with the shopping mindset … it is a shame what has happened to the Village as i do try and support town businesses but since there are less people “strolling to shop” and no real anchor … think many of the newer stores go unnoticed … hate to say it but Westwood has more retail if you don’t want to go to the mall …

  3. MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS MORE BANKS

  4. I too, noticed that Westwood is a lot like what used to be Ridgewood.

    Too bad for us. The banks and restaurants have driven all other stores out of business.

    Hopefully, Bernard’s Sports store will remain until my children age reach college and move away.

    Sure do miss Drapkins, though.

  5. I did the math. if your business can’t deal with $2.50 per DAY for water/sewer= approx $225 per quarter perhaps its time to fold your tent and move on. My residential bill is prob $175 per quarter. I guess we can all thank Ridgewood water. I recall a few years ago they doubled the bills because they werent ‘selling enough’ water. THEN we had a few dry spells which would equate to record profits due to the huge increase in gallonage sold. Interestingly it became veryyyyy quiet about the finances..hmmmmmmmmmmmm

  6. 2.50 a day to pea ,how much is starbucks?

  7. Commercial & industrial properties in town consume more water and sewage than most residential properties. The tax burden should not be place on the residents, but the high-end users of water. Although you can’t reduce the amount of flushes in a business, you can buy a water-saver version or a senor operated sink, both uses less water. I am glad I am not splitting the sewage bill with a restaurant or laundry mat. I conserve water & shouldn’t be penalize for people who are adding much more waster into the system.

  8. Re: ” The tax burden should not be place on the residents, but the high-end users of water. “

    Ha Ha Ha Ha
    And who do you think ACTUALLY pays for this? Some “mythical Business”? I’ll tell you who… it’s the patrons, the consumers, the residents… you know, you and me.

    I love people like this who think that “business” should “pay” for everyone else via higher taxes when all they are really doing is paying for it themselves through higher costs for goods and services.

    And before you say it… if the business raises their prices and we don’t pay, they become unprofitable and close down. Likewise the same happens if they don’t raise their prices – either they reduce quality or lose money and close. Final choice is that they raise prices to cover increased costs and we pay.
    In all three cases WE LOSE and in two of the three, “the business” loses as well.

  9. I think that if the businesses have to pay more for sewer that they do use, that they should get a credit back for schools and garbage costs that they don’t use.

  10. nice idea 12:47. i dont have kids in school so i would like to be able to get a credit back for the schools portion of my taxes too!

  11. 12:47 PM A new type of voucher system?

  12. 12.47pm: Businesses don’t use garbage??? What, does their garbage magically disappear?

  13. none of the merchants in town ever seem to be open no wonder they cant pay their rent

  14. this town needs some serious re-evalutation.. to charge businesses for sewage discharge because the town needs money is a joke. why dont they cut back on buying cars for upper management. why does the head of recycling need a new truck fully loaded. they town officals fill up their cars at the town gas pump and drive home and on vacation in these cars. The residents need to be better informed of the waste that goes on. its too easy to pass it to the business owners.. WAKE UP RIDGEWOOD

  15. our town went on the decline once the restaurants moved in. how many restaurants have come and gone in the past 12 years? it’s ridiculous.

    25 years ago you could spend the day shopping in town, and it was a pleasure to see your neighbors, be among people you knew, merchants you knew, in a true Village atmosphere. now you can barely get by on the sidewalks with the restaurant tables taking up space. outdoor dining does not enhance the town, it clutters up the sidewalks.

    now i NEVER go to town. you can’t walk to town any longer without fear of your life, the cars speed all over town and race through red lights. if you try to drive there, people defy you by stepping out into the crosswalk, with no consideration of whether or not they are seen by the driver, or if the driver has room to stop, etc. and then there are the genius parents who push baby strollers into the traffic before stepping off the curb. very smart… it’s scary to drive into town!

    and where do you park?

    i do all my shopping in Westwood or Glen Rock. if i HAVE to go to Ridgewood, i DREAD it and leave as quickly as possible.

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