Lakeville study shows municipal liquor is a winner

  • Article by: JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 28, 2011 - 9:05 PM

Some council members had requested the report to address financial questions.

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oglethorpieSep. 28, 11 9:17 PM

It's not the role of government to be in the retail liquor business or any other kind of business. Besides the obvious reasons, the taxpayer is subsidizing an operation that is competing with private enterprise.

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peoplewatchrSep. 28, 11 9:19 PM

The prices at Lakeville Liquor are ridiculous!!! I stop at Costco or Cub instead. Example: Capt Morgan 1.75L: Lakeville...$24.99, Costco and Cub...$19.99. 20% more at Lakeville Liquor.

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zulu226Sep. 28, 11 9:24 PM

I could walk to the Lakeville Liquor store from my house. It is cheaper to drive to Burnsville and shop at Costco and MGM. There is a sizable group of people that want to end the Monopoly in Lakeville. How much tax money would the city taken in if Costco had built the new store here? How much money could lakeville take in in tax's if Kowalski's and or Trader Joe's bulit a store out here? How much tax money would the city take in if private liquor stores operated here? All questions that have not been answered. Until they are the real good bad or equal will not be known.

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banjerjeffSep. 28, 11 9:32 PM

The government needed $25,000 to prove that selling liquor is profitable when all along the members of the private sector who can't sell liquor in Lakeville already knew that.

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gogogomez6Sep. 28, 11 9:35 PM

why not private AND municipal? Where is that study? Sure would be nice to have the municipals compete with private stores. It would drive down prices and I would by beer in the city I live in.

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regexpSep. 28, 11 9:36 PM

I fail to see the point of the article. Government has no business in selling liquor regardless of how much they may take in. Leave it to the private sector and regulate them.

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MoojaSep. 28, 11 9:37 PM

So a government enforced monopoly creates more revenue than tax bills bring on on an equivalent private business? What a shocker. Sounds like a good reason to nationalize all private business into government controlled monopolies. Just think of the revenue!

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pannagpampSep. 28, 1110:15 PM

I used to live in Richfield and they have city owned liquor stores. The city used a large portion of the liquor store profits (500k) to pay for operation funding and upgrades to the cities parks. It helped pay for significant upgrades to the water park, upgrade of Lincoln Softball fields and most recently the remodel/upgrade of the city ice rink that is used to capacity nearly year round.

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darkcloudSep. 28, 1110:23 PM

Ironic....I live in Lakeville and rarely go to municipal liquor stores here because it's cheaper to go to Burnsville. And, the Costco in Burnsville is where I get most of my liquor from! The mark up at the municipals is ridiculous. The only time I ever go to one of the Lakeville Liquors is when it's a matter of convenience and I am in a hurry. That doesn't happen often.....

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jstanthrnbrSep. 28, 1110:29 PM

Communism at it's finest!

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