Businesses throughout the city of Minneapolis were destroyed during the riots of early June.
The city’s Democrat leaders allowed this to happen.
Yet now the city wants the owners of these businesses to pay their property taxes before they are even allowed to officially demolish and begin to rebuild. This is simply not acceptable.
The Star Tribune reports:
Landscape of rubble persists as Minneapolis demands taxes in exchange for permits
In Minneapolis, on a desolate lot where Don Blyly’s bookstore stood before being destroyed in the May riots, two men finish their cigarettes and then walk through a dangerous landscape filled with slippery debris and sharp objects. The city won’t let Blyly haul away his wreckage without a permit, and he can’t get a contractor to tell him how much it will cost to rebuild the store until that happens.
In St. Paul, where Jim Stage’s pharmacy burned down during the same disturbances, crews have already removed the bricks and scorched timbers. A steel fence keeps out trespassers. Stage expects construction of his new Lloyd’s Pharmacy to begin later this month.
The main reason for the different recoveries is simple: Minneapolis requires owners to prepay the second half of their 2020 property taxes in order to obtain a demolition permit. St. Paul does not.
“Minneapolis has not been particularly friendly toward business for some time,” said Blyly, who prepaid $8,847 in taxes last week but still hasn’t received his demolition permit. “They say they want to be helpful, but they certainly have not been.”
Again, the Democrat leaders of Minneapolis allowed this destruction to happen.
— WCCO – CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) June 4, 2020
Minneapolis after a night of protests and riots. My heart aches 😢 pic.twitter.com/tIzfbGbcXF
— Doc Holliday (@Cosito1Horacio) August 9, 2020
It’s like Minneapolis wants to become a failed city.