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The question of Best Buy neighborliness is a tough one to answer for Lee Mollan, who goes to church next door to the corporate campus. "Is Best Buy a great neighbor? I don know," he admitted.
There are also the intangibles to consider, with that cliff like edifice and that emblematic logo jutting out above I 494 to serve as a daily reminder of the behemoth retailer presence. "You can help but have pride. They the largest electronics retailer in the world," Bullock said.
A Best Buy representative said records detailing total donations to Richfield entities were not available, but noted the corporation gifted about million throughout the Twin Cities last year.
However, some of the positive impacts promised have failed to fully materialize, Nordmarken observed. "I do think they could have done a lot more for public schools in the area," added the stay at home mother who said she has been active in the schools, volunteering extensively while putting her kids through the system.
"Some people have had the intestinal fortitudes to come back and admit they were wrong. Some have not."
The headquarters generates an estimated base million in base level taxes per year. Of that, million goes to the city, the school district and Hennepin County. The city of Richfield gets of that.
a point of community pride, "I don think Richfield overly excited about having that in their city. I think it a big deal but I don think most people think about it on a day to day basis. It just happens to be here."
Since, "they have demonstrated just a superb level of corporate sponsorship and corporate involvement in the city."
To some, that is not enough. "Because they did get such a big tax break," Nordmarken said, "I just think they could do a lot more for Richfield. I really do."
Her resentment was turned up when she opened her mailbox the other day. "We just got our home valuation today, and my property value went down, but our taxes are going up still," she lamented.
The landmark is home to a legal probe into the conduct of the company recently resigned CEO. It is the source of the March announcement that 50 stores in the US would close and that 400 corporate and support employees would be laid off, following a billion loss for the quarter that ended March 3.
"The only thing I know that Best Buy is doing right now (with Richfield Schools) is a mentorship program," said Michael Schwartz, Richfield Schools business manager. The company has also donated equipment, like machines for a computer lab, he said, although "that was quite a few years ago."
But Bullock, who called the electronics giant presence in Richfield a "badge of honor," cares, and so do his friends, who he says remain optimistic about the company future.
on the Richfield City Council about 20 years ago, seconded the immensity of Best Buy importance to Richfield. "When they announced they were going to move their corporate office here, that was some of the best news we could ever have," he said.
It is also hard to ignore the recent cascade of troubles that has befallen Best Buy, Richfield Best Buy.
And the fears of pollution and congestion that arose as Best Buy worked its way into Richfield and bought out dozens of properties occupied by residents who were both skeptical and grateful for the arrival "none of that ever came to fruition," said the former council member, who lives a half mile away from the headquarters.
A written statement from Devich offered assurance the money will keep flowing, despite the recent corporate turbulence.
"If the property were ever sold, the Penn Avenue Bridge bonds would continue to be paid from tax increment generated by the property, regardless of who owns the property," the statement says.
Those numbers are based on a tax increment financing deal that helped bring the headquarters to Richfield. The arrangement established a base level of taxes, derived from what the site was worth prior to Best Buy arrival, with the "increment" being the increased property value the headquarters presence has generated.
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in a state of transition, the question is, just how important has Best Buy become to the community it has called home since, 2005, when it planted its flag or giant yellow price tag on Richfield soil.
One of those skeptics was Deb Nordmarken. "I have to be honest. I have to say that it wasn as bad as what I feared in that area as far as traffic," said the eastern Richfield resident and one time city council candidate.
It is hard to ignore the angular, multi winged world headquarters of the retail giant as it sparkles above Interstate 494 and Penn Ave. S. It is home to more than 5,000 employees and billion plus in annual revenue as the hub of the largest consumer electronics retailer in the world.
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The "increment" is estimated at about million, taxes Best Buy initially pays each year, while receiving back a varying annual balance. Best Buy currently receives back an estimated annually, funds intended to reimburse the company for site redevelopment costs.
"They really become part of the fiber of our community," said Richfield City Manager Steve Devich, noting that a number of Best Buy corporate employees have bought homes in town since the move.
Best Buy does not disclose where its employees reside. A more measurable effect is how much Nike Air Vapormax Plus Obsidian / Photo Blue / Black the company contributes to the city coffers.
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"The City does not expect the changes announced by Best Buy to affect the market value of the headquarters (sic) property or to reduce the amount of property taxes that Best Buy pays. Best Buy has paid its property taxes on a timely basis in the past and the City doesn expect that to change.
But Best Buy impact can also be witnessed beyond the tax rolls. The company has donated electronics to Richfield Schools, has supported Wood Lake Nature Center with worth of grants, and makes major contributions to Richfield annual Fourth of July celebration, Devich noted.
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