Shopping local drives sales tax revenue

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The Cherokee Office of Economic Development asks residents to remember to spend money where they live during the holiday shopping season.

The office strives to draw more businesses into the county, including retail. When residents shop locally, the sales tax generates returns and benefits the people living in Cherokee.

“Many residents are unaware that when shopping in Cherokee County, a portion of the sales tax paid goes directly back to the community,” said Misti Martin, Cherokee Office of Economic Development president. “One percent goes to the county and its cities, and 1 percent to the school district.”

Shopping destinations such as The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta and the new Cabela’s store have helped encourage local shopping and boosted the local economy, Martin said.

Since Cabela’s opened its doors in August, the hunting store in southwest Cherokee has played a role in increasing the sales tax receipts.

“Cherokee County was up 8.48 percent in sales tax receipts in October in comparison to 2013,” Martin said. “This may not be able to be attributed to Cabela’s alone, but it is clear that shopping in Cherokee County is on the rise.”

With holiday shopping in full swing and bargain deals being promoted nationwide, Martin said the easiest way to give back and save this holiday season is to shop in the community.

The Office of Economic Development works to promote community business, workforce, education and economic strength.

“Cherokee residents can support these goals by spending local this holiday season and making sure their hard earned dollars are coming back to help the community in which they live,” Martin said.

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