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Letter to the Editor: Shop local, donate local

Editor:

Like many of your readers, I have just completed compiling all of my tax information for 2017, what a pain. The average tax refund was over $2,700 per tax filer last year. A recent survey showed Americans would use their refunds this year to increase their savings accounts, pay down debt, and of course make various purchases of products and services. While I would encourage everyone to increase their savings and pay down debt, the reality is that many of us are going to spend these funds.

As your readers consider their spending options, I would encourage them to look local first. Supporting local businesses helps our friends and neighbors grow their local businesses, and contributes to our local tax base which helps support our education and public safety systems.

So whether your readers plan to indulge in a recreational activity like skiing, golf, or wine tasting, invest in a professional service like financial planning or insurance, shop in a local store, eat out, or donate to a local nonprofit, members of the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce are here to serve their needs.

Chris Boies, president of the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce