Chiefland business owners weigh in on city financial situation

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Special to the Citizen

As the City of Chiefland considers ways to avoid a financial crises, raising property taxes and water rates are on the table.

And both could have a greater effect on local businesses, which already pay higher water rates and lack the shelter of homestead, seniors and other property tax exemptions. 

"You have to adjust other expenses," said long-time Chiefland businessman Eddie Hatch. "Can the city raise prices on anything else — save paper, reduce hours?

"We all have some things we could eliminate."

Hatch, owner of Silk Sunshine Florals, said he doesn't have any complaints about Chiefland's costs or rates and can't find any fault with the city, but cited the lack of an economic base. "We're all mom and pop businesses," he said. "Kind of on the poor side."

He said Chiefland needs to have sustainable rents, so businesses can make a profit. He added businesses are now paying more for their supplies, but cannot always raise prices. 

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