As the holiday gift-giving season gets underway, shoppers are being encouraged to spend their money close to home.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar and the Greater Binghamton Chamber are promoting a Buy In Broome campaign.

They argue that every dollar spent at retailers in Broome County generates sales tax revenue that helps to keep property taxes down.

Garnar credits an 8% increase in sales tax collected in the county this year with allowing for a property tax cut in next year’s budget.

Chamber President and CEO Jennifer Conway says shopping local, whether it’s at a small locally-owned business or a larger retail chain, supports local employment as well as tax revenue.

“It’s this trickle down effect of building our community and our economy when you choose to purchase at brick and mortar stores whether that be the Oakdale Mall or a great, fantastic place we’re at here in Dove & Co. and Ellis Brothers.”

Conway is encouraging businesses to display Buy In Broome stickers and posters.

There are Buy In Broome Facebook and Instagram pages plus Buy In Broome dot com where information about retailer special events will be posted.

You do not have to be a Chamber member to participate.