The Norman Transcript

Opinion

June 30, 2013

Sales tax revenue growth key for Norman community

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NORMAN —

Finally, and ultimately, it is up to you, the consumer. Spending your dollars on purchases locally is the single most effective method to ensure a stronger fiscal environment for the city and a robust and growing retail environment in Norman.

Our local businesses fund our houses of worship, our Little Leagues and charitable organizations. Perhaps you may save a dollar with amazon.com on occasion or spend an extra $5 in gas to save $6 by shopping out of town.

But remember those retailers won’t fund your local United Way. The revenue spent elsewhere won’t ensure there is a police officer close by when needed or keep your neighborhood park maintained.

We must all focus our attention and resources on creating a strong and dynamic sales tax base for Norman. Our community is worth it.

John Woods

president and CEO, Norman Chamber of Commerce

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