Why Shop Local Matters
When people shop local, they not only support local businesses, but their sales tax dollars benefit Poway. They are investing their tax dollars back into the city for services such as public safety, recreational programming, parks maintenance and street repairs.
If every Poway household chose to purchase an additional $100 in goods locally each month (instead of buying those same items outside of the city), Poway would gain approximately $200,000 in sales tax revenue. This money could translate into weed and litter abatement at city parks for four times a week for four years; or repair 200,000 square feet of damaged asphalt to maintain road traffic safety.
Although the City’s budget is balanced for the current fiscal year, the future looks uncertain. Costs of providing services is expected to continue to rise, but revenue is expected to stay stagnate. Sales tax and property tax are the primary revenue sources for the City’s general fund, which is responsible for the operation and maintenance of most city functions.
#ShopLocalPoway Photo Contest
Shop 92064 in November and you may be in for a treat! The City of Poway and Poway Chamber of Commerce are kicking off “Shop Local” month with a #ShopLocalPoway photo contest. Take a selfie inside or in front of a local business and tag us (@cityofpoway) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Each submission will be entered into an opportunity drawing and a winner will be selected each Monday (through Dec. 2). The contest kicks off with a proclamation at the City Council meeting Nov. 5.
Shop Local Logo Competition
In the spirit of keeping it local, the City is looking to the Poway community for a locally-grown “Shop Local” logo. We're giving away a $200 credit that can be used toward a boat rental, fishing permit, week long camp, overnight camping, or enrollment in a class. The logo will be used on the city’s website, social media sites and print materials that promote “Shop Local” in Poway. Must be a City of Poway resident to enter. Download the logo competition instructions.
What YOU Can Do
If every household in Poway bought ONE tank of gas in Poway, rather than in another city, that would be approximately $8,000 in sales tax revenue to the City. That $8,000 could repair 150 feet of sidewalk pavement for improved pedestrian safety.
If every household in Poway bought ONE tank of gas in Poway EVERY MONTH, rather than in another city, that would be approximately $100,000 in sales tax revenue to the City. That $100,000 would fund trimming every City tree along the public right-of-way.
If every household in Poway purchased $100 of goods in Poway rather than in another city, that would result in $16,500 in sales tax revenue to the City. That $16,500 would provide 3 lifeguards for the entire summer or fund a park ranger for 5 months.
If every household in Poway purchased $100 of goods in Poway every month rather than in another city, that would result in $200,000 in sales tax revenue to the City. That $200,000 would fund weed and litter abatement at city parks 4 times a week for 4 years, or repair 200,000 square feet of damaged asphalt to maintain road traffic safety.