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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 18, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Every time you buy something online, you could be robbing your community of tax dollars or costing someone their job, that's the message from the Council of Shopping Centers.

Thursday, Albany Mayor Dr. Willie Adams took part in their initiative to encourage you to invest in your community by shopping at local retailers. He hit the stores at the Albany Mall. Adams said you may think you're saving a few bucks getting a deal online, but you could end up paying more taxes to make up for lost local sales tax revenue.

"When you do your shopping locally, we generate sales taxes and as you visit throughout the city you'll notice a lot of things we've done with sales taxes. SPLOST funds that's where we generate our sales taxes, whether it be for Thronateeska or the Albany Civil Rights we've done a lot of improvements in the city with sales taxes," said Albany Mayor, Dr. Willie Adams.

Adams said with the loss of taxes from Cooper, it's more important than ever for people to invest in our community.

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