Less Local Shopping Could Impact Taxpayers

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Meridian, Miss. Meridian city leaders say shopping locally will save taxpayers more in the long run.

City Council President George Thomas says officials depend on shopping tax revenue to make ends meet. If that revenue slows down, Thomas says taxpayers could end up paying more for other services. That's why despite the sometimes lower prices and convenience of shopping online, Thomas says to shop locally.

"Well, it saves money for them perhaps upfront," Thomas says. "But the long range effect of that, if we have more and more people shopping online, or shopping out of town, it's going to reduce the revenue for the city of Meridian. When that happens, if we're going to provide the same services, we have to make that up somewhere. Only place we have to make it up is property tax."

Including Monday, there are just nine days left to shop before the Christmas holiday.