I was interested in understanding the "do the math" methodologies and set up my own comparison of a small strip mall(with a popular taco restaurant in it) and indeed the tax values for these smaller more intensive sites is higher than "big box locations (and their PARKING LOTS!) The thing that is at issue in our town (SF Bay Area) however, is that the sales tax the municipality gets is far higher from the big box stores because it's based on sales receipts. Costco is our biggest revenue source. It is hard to fight these developments because of this. Any thoughts?
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