On December 3rd, the Victorville Daily Press published an article titled “Survey finds High Desert inexpensive place to operate business”. The Kosmont-Rose Cost of Doing Business Survey ranked the High Desert among the least expensive cities in California.
Two of the High Desert’s cities, Hesperia and Apple Valley, ranked among the 10 least expensive cities in CA. The 2011 Cost of Doing Business Survey analyzed what a business needs to pay in 421 cities across the United States, by means of data such as the fees, taxes and economic incentives.
According to the Cost of Doing Business Survey, San Bernardino County is a low-cost county, as 11 of its 19 cities are designated very low cost of low cost; all High Desert cities and unincorporated areas are within the inexpensive half of the county.
Ken Henderson, Apple Valley’s assistant town manager for economic and community development, stated, “If you are a California city, it’s really difficult to make that low-cost list so we are very proud of it.”
According to the Kosmont-Rose survey, Hesperia has the lowest business license fees in the county, other than the unincorporated area with no license fees. Additionally, both Hesperia and Apple Valley have the lowest property taxes at the 1% mandated by the state of California.
Commenting on the economic benefits of participating in the Kosmont-Rose Cost of Doing Business Survey, Steve Lantsberger, Hesperia’s deputy director of economic development, said, “Having that ranking is very good for us to get attention of investors.”