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December 2012 – Bill Stipp, Councilmember
|The holiday season is a time for friends, family and giving back. As 2012 winds down, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the importance of community involvement in building a brighter and more vibrant future for our City.
In October, we saw our citizens’ dedication on full display when roughly 4,000 residents came out to celebrate our neighborhoods at “G.A.I.N.” and over 400 volunteers lent a helping hand at “Make A Difference Day.” The City benefits every day from the hundreds of volunteers filling important roles within various City departments. Our city is stronger because of our community’s involvement.
To continue this positive community momentum in November and December, I’d like to suggest another way that you can help our community tremendously. When it comes time to do your holiday shopping, remember to shop local. While this may not seem like much, shopping locally provides so much more than convenience. By making the decision to shop in Goodyear, you take an active role in boosting the businesses of our neighbors and helping our local economy thrive.
Not only do our local businesses benefit, but the City of Goodyear benefits as well. The sales tax generated by retail revenue makes up nearly 30% of the City’s operating budget for services such as police, fire, streets, parks, recreation programs, and other essential City functions. When you decide to shop locally, your money circulates back into the community instead of going to one of our neighboring cities.
On behalf of your City Council, I would like to thank you, the amazing citizens of Goodyear, for your devotion to our community. I wish you all a blessed holiday season and a happy new year!
Last Updated: 8/5/2010