Is Eureka not allowing a Goodwill store to open because it can't collect taxes off it?

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by Ruella Rouf / KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 8 at 10:24 PM

EUREKA (KMOV.com) – The Eureka Board of Aldermen refused to vote on a proposal for a new Goodwill store at its most recent meeting.

Dave Kutchback, Chief Operating Officer of Mers Goodwill said Goodwill wants to open its newest store in Eureka. However, the land where they want to build their store is zoned for commercial use,  so the board of alderman have to approve use of the land.

The board refused to make a motion to even vote on the Goodwill proposal at the last meeting.

“We have never been turned down by a community. Chesterfield has 3 stores," said Kutchback.

Kutchback said he thinks part of the problem may be that Goodwill is a nonprofit, meaning the city will not benefit from any sales tax or property tax from a new Goodwill store. But Kutchback insists that the stores offer something else.

“We’re a great traffic generator. It’s not unusual for a shopping center to want us in because each and every day this year, we are averaging 370 people,” said Kutchback.

Nearby business owners agree that it would generate greater traffic.

Kutchback said he has asked the board for their concerns, “but they seem to have felt uncomfortable giving us a reason,” he said.

Goodwill officials said they will talk to each alderman and the mayor to try to alleviate concerns they may have.

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