July Chamber Chat

The month of June was busy working on various events for the 8th Annual Harvest Festival to be held September 30th. After meeting with leaders within the Agricultural and artist communities, I have been working to implement ideas and suggestions into the Festival. We have great entertainment planned that will place the spotlight on our number one industry, agriculture.

Always trying to encourage the “Buy Berrien” program, we also have been working on Fantastic Fridays for the month of July. With 32 businesses participating in the Fantastic Friday promotion it really pays to shop Berrien County. Shopping in one of the participating businesses will allow shoppers to enter a store drawing for a great prize as well as a drawing for $100 in Berrien Bucks each Friday in July. The Chamber and Nashville Main Street have sponsored the Fantastic Friday promotion for the past three years and hope this year’s event will be even better bringing needed retail to our businesses.

Speaking of retail, let’s take a look at the Sales Tax revenues for the month of June. Looking at the numbers released by the Department of Revenue, it appears that our local sales tax numbers were higher in June than in the month of May with the exception of Ray City who had a slight decrease.

LOST sales tax revenues for Alapaha were $3,942.18; Enigma – $3,946.40; Nashville – $23,323.25 and Ray City – $4,654.35. Berrien County Board of Commissioners SPLOST collection was $115,395.65 and LOST was $79,529.27. Berrien County Board of Education’s ELOST collection was $116,537.73.

It is very encouraging to see our sales tax revenues were higher in June! Let’s keep shopping locally and watch the sales tax revenues grow. This benefits everyone so that our local governments can provide us with services we need. Buying Berrien benefits our local economy. “Buy Berrien!”