With the turn of each New Year comes the New Year’s resolution of improving some habits or trying to get rid of some bad ones. The Chamber would like to encourage everyone to kick the habit of crossing the county line to purchase items that are available at Berrien County businesses. In other words, resolve to Buy Berrien first. The Chamber encourages you to stop in and give the Berrien County business community a chance at your business before you load up and head out of town with your sales tax dollars in tow. You may be pleasantly surprised to find lower prices, better service and you saved a tank of fuel.
As a part of your New Year’s resolution to Buy Berrien, make plans to attend local events. Take in a ball game, concert, school play or one of the many community events planned for 2017. Below is a quick list of community events on the calendar for this year.
February: Main Street Chili Cook Off
March: Cotton Blossom Roundup & Ray City Plow Days
April: Berrien County Fair—This is a new event complete with carnival rides
May: City of Nashville Fishing Rodeo
July: Fourth of July Celebrations
September: Harvest Festival
October: Nashville South Jams Concert & Trick or Treat
November: Alapaha Station Celebration
December: Christmas Activities
As you can see the calendar is packed with family friendly activities for the New Year. These events are more than just an offering of something to do. Events bring tourist to Berrien County and tourist spend money, which is beneficial to our local businesses and the local tax base.
Sales tax revenues for December 2016 are up significantly when compared to November’s totals. Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) revenues for December totaled $113,799.76 which is an increase of more than $10,000 from November’s totals and up nearly $5,000 when compared to December 2015. Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenues for December totaled $113,799.39 which is also an increase of more than $10,000 from November and $5,000 when compared to December 2015.
Resolve to support your hometown in 2017. It pays to Buy Berrien.