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From the President’s Desk (November 2023)

Keep Your Christmas Shopping Tax $$$ Local!

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We are not naïve to think that everyone in our community will shop locally for the holiday season but I think it is important to make that effort.

A large portion of locally collected sales tax goes directly to our school system which directly impacts the workforce our business and industry demand.

This “shop local” push should be a year round effort and not just at the holidays as it is painful to see Hamblen County residents funding school systems in our region with their tax dollars. As a parent, we often wonder how many fees and extra costs and fundrais-ers our kids do, not to mention how many times a year kids need their picture made now.

As you spend that $100 on a Target tv, remember, your local stores carry TVs as well. Our local retailers have a wide selection of quality products. There are very few items that can’t be bought locally, and if you ask most local retailers, if they don’t have what you’re looking for, they can order what you need and want, so you can make that purchase locally.