Stop Muncie from subsidizing a Fresh Thyme corporate store over The Downtown Farm Stand

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We’re asking for your assistance.  Can you sign a petition?  The City of Muncie is subsidizing a large corporate "natural" grocery store, Fresh Thyme Market, to the tune of at least $200,000.  We have been protesting the use of our tax dollars to subsidize a competing large corporate chain for months with no response from the city.  We’ve never been against competition, but we are against subsidizing one large business over another, especially a locally owned business.  An article was written in The Star Press.  The press release by Todd Donati, the economic development official that made the deal, was submitted to the Muncie Journal.  The release read that, "The store will create more than 80 jobs with an average annual pay of $35,000, officials said."  But the actual agreement says, "...Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market with the commitment that as many as 40 FT and 40 PT jobs will be created, 9 of which will be management positions, averaging $35,000 per year by the end of 2018."  That is wrong, this deal was promoted by saying it would provide 80 decent paying jobs when it actually provides only 9.  That means 71 of the jobs will not make anywhere close to $35,000. This agreement has been misrepresented from the beginning. Ultimately the city should pull this funding package for Fresh Thyme and let them develop here on their own, using their own funds like small businesses are expected to do.  Profits from The Downtown Farm Stand stay in the city, we developed a market here for organic food before there was a market 10 years ago.  We support local farmers and we pay our workers fair wages.  We are good stewards of our community.  Can you tell the Mayor Dennis Tyler, Todd Donati, and the City Council to stop subsidizing Fresh Thyme?



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