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Residents urged to shop local

The St. Charles County Council has endorsed a resolution urging residents to shop local this holiday season and beyond.

The council approved the resolution at their Oct. 27 meeting, calling for local residents and businesses to “shop local St. Charles County.”

Similar resolutions have come before the St. Peters and Lake Saint Louis boards of aldermen and other city governing boards.

Colene McEntee, the county’s public affairs coordinator, said the resolutions are part of a combined effort by area officials to encourage economic development.  Officials say buying local both strengthens employment and local businesses and provides more retail sales tax revenue. That revenue funds local government including parks, roads and police protection.

According to the St. Charles County Economic Development Center (EDC), sales tax revenue as a percentage of annual community budgets ranges from a low of 21 percent in the city of St. Charles to a high of 57 percent for St. Charles County government.Sales tax represents 29 percent of revenue for Cottleville, 33 percent for St. Peters, 39 percent for Wentzville, 40 percent for O’Fallon, 42.3 percent for Lake Saint Louis and 47 percent for Cottleville.

“Every time someone shops at a business in the community or eats at a local restaurant, they are helping create local jobs and sharing the cost of the public services that have made St. Charles County a nationally recognized place to grow, live, work and play,” Greg Prestemon, EDC president and CEO, said in a recent report.


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