Why should voters of Calexico vote "no" on Measure B? Let me first preface it with this. Sales tax provides much-needed money to the city's general fund that goes toward adequate police and fire protection, parks and recreation, library services and an ample budget for administration to administer its operations.
By placing restrictions on commerce, as Measure B would do and which the Imperial Valley Press supports, it is in complete opposition to what the general principal of private enterprise is all about. Measure B will only hurt the consumer and keep big business out.
You must seriously consider, as you should be, that over 600,000 Mexicali citizens qualify to cross into Calexico. It is evident that the central business district that is comprised of First, Second, Third and Fourth streets, cannot meet the demands of this large number of consumers.
Simply put, there is plenty of room for small, medium and large commercial business. The city of Calexico cannot continue to survive at its current housing development pace if it does not balance it with expansion of commercial business and industry.