Shop Local Year-Round
Some days the headlines scream economic recovery and on others they hint at a darker economic future. In an economy as volatile as this one, where we spend our money becomes as important as how we spend (or don’t spend) it. As we head into the holiday season—and beyond—I encourage you to support our local businesses by spending your hard earned dollars close to home. There’s more than community pride at stake—there’s a direct impact to the Fairfax County budget and the services it provides to County residents. Sales tax from local purchases comes back to Fairfax County—and that’s more important than ever in maintaining our highly regarded school system, preserving our County services and closing our projected $490 million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year. (Sales tax revenue to the County for the fiscal year that began on July 1 and runs through June 30, 2010 is estimated to be $148.1 million plus another $153.1 million dedicated to the schools.)
It’s wise to save in these uncertain times but we’ve all got to buy groceries, clothes, and household necessities. Our children outgrow their clothing almost as soon as we turn around and they know exactly how many days, minutes, and seconds until Santa comes. So—give some thought to putting your dollars where they will do the most good and shop your local businesses.
Communities with strong local businesses see benefits that go beyond sales tax dollars. Local businesses give back to their communities in many ways. They provide jobs; summer and part time employment for youth; contribute to area scholarships; help schools with fundraising projects; donate goods and services to non-profits; and support local community events.
Before you open your wallet and pull out that checkbook, credit card, or cash, give some thought to the benefits of shopping at your local bricks and mortar store. Both you and your community will benefit.
Also in This Issue of Supervisor McKay's Lee District Update:
- Message from Supervisor McKay
- 2009 in Review
- New Parking Regulations
- Walking to School
- Walking Town Meetings
- Lee District Open House
- Snow Removal Update