Next time you feel bad for doing a little retail therapy at Chisholm Creek, the Plaza District or wherever you like to shop and eat … don’t. Retail and the sales tax it generates are what make our city go.
Sales taxes in Oklahoma City fund the city’s core services and day-to-day operations. That’s important stuff like police, fire, street maintenance, the Zoo, parks, etc. While property taxes can be used to fund voter-approved bond issues for specific capital projects, Oklahoma law prohibits cities from levying property taxes for services.
The more you shop in OKC, the more you help your community. Shopping in your community is not only fun and easy but important to maintaining a healthy city.
Of course, we know that the COVID-19 pandemic has made shopping in person more difficult. Many of your favorite stores and restaurants are still shut down and we are all trying to make our dollars stretch just a little further. That being said, know that the more of your money you spend in your community the more you are helping lessen the cuts to vital city services. Don’t hesitate to see if your favorite local store is selling online and be sure to check out our most recent list of how our Chamber-member restaurants are currently operating. Our favorite local retailers need our support, now more than ever. Check out some Chamber-member retailers below: