BY FREDA MIKLINSTAFF WRITER
As you plan your holiday purchases, consider shopping local instead of just “letting your fingers do the walking” by pressing keys on a computer. Get out and breathe the fresh air!
In most cities in Colorado, the majority of city general fund revenues come from sales and use taxes. In Greenwood Village, that number exceeds 60 percent of all city revenues. In Centennial, it is 53 percent. In Aurora, it is 55 percent. In Lone Tree, it is 50 percent.
Why does it matter? Local shopkeepers give our cities personality and vitality. Their stories are they run by people you know and are an important source of local jobs. Neighborhood shops also provide competition, unique options, and most importantly, pay for the services that matter most to residents: police, emergency services, streets and maintenance, parks, and public works, in addition to the unique special events put on by cities that allow communities to come together and get to know their neighbors. There are also the mundane aspects of city government that we don’t notice but improve the quality of our lives, like the zoning codes and land use rules that keep our neighborhoods beautiful.
When thinking about where to go out to dinner, save your gas and the environment by choosing a nearby restaurant where you know the staff and will probably run into your neighbors. The sales tax on those dining tabs can help your city, too.
Most people order online sometimes, but this holiday season, and all year long, when you can, keep your shopping dollars and your restaurant dollars close to home where they matter most!
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