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Tax-supported competitor

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To The Editor:

Re: Jane Collins’ “MCC’s health club” letter (Feb. 25).

I totally agree with Ms. Collins comment that, “taxpayers should not have to subsidize a club competing with the private sector.”

My rough Internet research using Google, chambers of commerce listings, etc., found more than 50 existing McHenry County fitness, health club or parks/recreation organizations of various sizes currently providing similar health club-type facilities or programs. So is the current market and economy that strong that there’s really a need for another one?

Many of these appear to be small business entrepreneurs who already have made the commitment and investment in their small businesses, employees, supporting vendors and respective communities. I’d be curious to hear the opinions held by these owners and learn what support they could expect to receive from their local chamber of commerce on this issue.

Since MCC evidently is making its plans, these small-business owners hopefully are planning as well. How will they respond to the potential strength of this larger, taxpayer-supported competitor who could enter the marketplace at least initially with an aggressive pricing strategy? Reduce their own prices? Reduce margins? Reduce programs/services? Lay off employees? Close down?

Tom Cavanaugh

Crystal Lake

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