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Shopping locally helps us all

By Staff
Times are tough for everyone. With current economic and unemployment conditions in our area finances are tight for families, merchants and municipal governments.
U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, said Escambia County had fared better than neighboring counties in a downturned economy. Although that may be true, spending has slowed in the communities within the county. A recent report showed that sales tax revenue had dropped by as much as 8 percent in the recent reporting period. That information shows that consumers are spending less.
Sales tax revenues for municipalities help to provide services such as police and fire protection. Other services are also provided using funds received from sales taxes in Brewton and East Brewton.
We realize things are tough all over. That makes shopping at home more important now than ever.
By shopping at home, your sales tax dollars mean services can be provided without having to borrow money, layoff employees or cut back on the quality of services provided. Money can also be saved by using less gasoline needed to travel out of town.
Shopping at home can keep money in consumers’ pockets as well as the pockets of merchants who sell their goods here.
We encourage Brewton and East Brewton residents to shop at home. By patronizing local businesses, an entire community will see the benefits.