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.
Introducing "Explore 92064"
“Explore 92064” is a new social media presence to promote and celebrate economic development in the City of Poway and educate residents on the economic importance of supporting local businesses. The “Explore 92064” Facebook page will share news from local businesses, the Poway Chamber and outside news sources as it as it related to Poway’s economic development goals. The page will also feature “meet the business” stories and showcase the city as both a place to do business and a place to explore beyond our famous trails and open space. Any business interested in being highlighted on our Explore 92064 page can reach out to Community Outreach Coordinator Rene Carmichael.
Shop Local Logo Competition
After re-examining priorities for supporting the Shop Local initiative, the logo competition has been put on hold. Thank you to all who expressed an interest.
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.