Poultney will vote July 9 on rezoning our village industrial zone to accommodate Dollar General, per Article 2 on the ballot. Advanced by developer Leonard Knappmiller, the article would remove all zoning review for his DG.
What do we get if this passes? A chain store that's been penalized repeatedly by Vermont authorities — most recently $1.75 million for what the attorney general's office called “particularly egregious” false advertising — charging prices at the checkout above those advertised on the shelves.
We get a threat to our full-service grocery and hardware store. We get a deluge of Chinese goods that could have been made in the USA. We get a chain that hires salaried managers who are paid for 40 hours but are often made to work many more, pushing their per-hour pay below minimum wage. We get three ounces of tuna fish labeled as five.
Search for “dollar general lawsuit settlement” or “dollar general fined” online. You'll find plenty more about DG's abuses.
What we don't get if Article 2 passes is tax relief. The DG will not increase the assessment and tax on Mr. Knappmiller's property, but it will reduce the value of nearby residences. What would a DG moving in next door do for your home's value?
And the decent jobs that industry brings? A Poultney resident invited Mr. Knappmiller to contact her about putting a food-processing venture on his property. He's never answered her email. But he has pointed a high-powered floodlight into the windows of a Church Street home whose residents happen to oppose the DG. And, finger pointed in our town manager's face, he's said, “You need to get on the right side,” as if he, a Rutland resident, were the king of Poultney giving orders.
Vote NO on Article Two!
Kerry O. Furlani
Ida Mae Johnson
Arthur H. Sabin