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Guest commentary: The Rushford Muni closes


Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
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By Robert Dahl, Rushford City Council Member

After an interminable time of losses, the Rushford muni is now closed. Asking the city tax payers to continue to support and pay for the losses it has sustained is untenable.

For a time after the flood while the off-sale was located in the mall, viability was enhanced by the nearness to the grocery store; it was a compatible relationship. Costs were lower and customers had a "one-stop convenient" location in which to purchase times.

The decision to rebuild the Muni after the flood, in retrospect, was in error. Public input was not solicited nor given any thrift. Many thought it was a "jam it down their throats" action. Subsequently, people said, "alright, you can have you liquor store, but I'm not going to step foot in it!"

Attendance and sponsorship went down while costs remained pretty much the same. Other facts such as the economy taking a down-turn and a non-smoking ordinance added to the problem. A continuing suffering economy didn't help the profitability either.

What might have been will not produce any changes to the fiscal soundness of the operation. Had a motel been built next to the liquor store, is not conducive to change the situation as it presently exists. Also, the liquor commission of which I was a member, did not come up with concrete steps to alter the condition. Might something have been done a year or two ago to cut costs some people might say? Possibly, but that didn't happen and the losses continued to mount.

The action I took on the most recent council meeting of voting for closure would have been the same had I been in attendance at the May 8th meeting. I was out of town visiting my children-now young adults.

I believe the time to move on is long past. The people paying for a loss of operations cannot and will not be accepting of this scenario. A business losing money for four years would have been shuttered long ago. Yet it seems that a government run entity can survive until the people, tax payers, say, "enough is enough!"

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Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
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Tue, May 24th, 2011
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Tue, May 24th, 2011
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Tue, May 24th, 2011
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Fri, May 6th, 2011
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