Another new initiative is launching in the Greater Binghamton area in time for the holidays to try to encourage shoppers to keep their bucks in Broome.

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Buy in Broome was unveiled by the county and the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce November 15 extolling the benefits of shopping locally.

The launch, coincidentally, comes just days before "Small Business Saturday" , a national initiative that encourages patronizing small businesses in a community.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says not only does local spending help small businesses thrive, but it helps keep local taxes lower.  The Democrat says one of the reasons the newly passed county budget has a .6% tax reduction is due to the amount of revenue the county gets from the 8% sales tax.

Local retailers are encouraged to display Buy in Broome signage and offer shopping events and specials.

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a website offering more information on the campaign at www.greaterbinghamtonchamber.com/buy-in-broome.