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Letter: DeKalb continues burdening businesses

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 11:19 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I have grave concerns over the direction the city of DeKalb is taking. I have always sounded the alarm when it’s needed. There’s a definite trend toward destroying small business in DeKalb. Don’t be anti-entrepreneur.

First it was rental property and landlords. If only one cuts the lawn, picks up the trash, repaints buildings, etc., all will be well within the city. Then it’s commercial buildings – how thoughtful of the city fathers to give property owners time to address issues – that the city and code will determine what needs to be done.

Mark my word: Single-family homes are next on the list.

I didn’t see any dollar amounts given to the property owner in repairing what the city and city contractor deem necessary. Actually, the program is self-supporting, i.e., the property owner pays inspection fees to pay for the implementation. It’s the landlords who pay for the implementation of the crime-free housing program, with fees paid to the city for the coordinator’s and part-time inspectors’ salaries. In other words, one pays to destroy their small business. Welcome to DeKalb!

In two years, single-family homes will be paying for inspections. Rome burns while Nero (the city) fiddles away what small business owners have spent a lifetime building.

“You didn’t build it,” said President Obama. I took the risk, the sweat and toil were mine, the money – all gone. Taxation without representation.

I should have been mayor of DeKalb.

Pat Bragg


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