Posted: August 13, 2012 2:34:53 PM PDT
Statement from Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville regarding Canadian shoppers in Bellingham:
“Our local economy benefits tremendously from Canadian shoppers and we welcome their business. Retail spending, in part from Canadian visitors, in Bellingham and Whatcom County helps pay for the level of services our residents have come to expect from local government.
Bellingham’s rate of growth of taxable retail sales was almost double the state average from 2010 to 2011. Much of this is due to people from Canada and elsewhere shopping in Bellingham.
Retail spending makes it possible for us to keep our parks, playgrounds and trails open, our police and firefighters providing public safety services, and much much more.
The vast majority of our community members welcome our Canadian friends to shop and recreate in our communities. The unpleasant comments we’ve seen on social media regarding Canadians are offensive and inappropriate, and do not represent the opinions of the vast majority of residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County.
We encourage our Canadian friends to continue to make the short drive here. We appreciate their visits to our stores, our hotels and other places in our community.”
Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville