Shop local!

A recent report highlights the City’s budget shortfall. Whilst it is certainly heartening to see the Towne Center report healthy sales, perhaps we could collectively help out by making more of our purchases locally.

Taxable sales transactions in Alameda during that period decreased .4 percent, or $5,542, from the same quarter of the previous fiscal year. Gains in sales of food (14.7 percent) and general retail (2 percent, which includes sales from new stores at Alameda Towne Centre) were offset by declines in all other categories, according to the report.

That includes a decline of 7 percent in the transportation category, 7.2 percent in business-to-business, 6.8 percent in construction and 36.3 percent in “miscellaneous,” which in part reflects purchases made by the city. Sales taxes contribute about $1.3 million in revenues to the city budget, making it the fourth-highest contributor to city revenues.

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