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IT'S YOUR MONEY. IT'S YOUR LIFE. SHOP IN AGOURA HILLS

Where you buy gas, groceries, and gifts DOES make a difference.

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 VISIT THE BUSINESS DIRECTORY - Find what you are looking for locally!

Why shop locally?

There are many benefits to shopping where you live.

BUILD COMMUNITY! The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood–scale businesses and the public spaces around them build relationships and community cohesiveness. They’re the ultimate social networking sites!
 
SHAPE OUR CHARACTER! Independent businesses help give your community its distinct personality. 

REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT! Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation. This generally means contributing to less sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution.

CREATE A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT! Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized. They typically consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution. More on this topic: Buying Green Means Buying Local

GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY! Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses. 

IN ADDITION:
 
When purchases are made within the City of Agoura Hills and sales tax is applied, the City receives 1% of the taxable sale.


  • Sales tax is a major source of revenue for your City.
  • Purchases outside of Agoura HIlls generate no revenue for our community and go to pay for public safety services, street repairs, and senior & youth programs in other communities.

 What percentage of the City's budget is based on sales tax each year?

  • Currently, 30.6% of the City's general fund budget is derived from sales tax.
    Of the $12.32 million in the general fund budget for 2015-16, $3.88 of it is derived from sales tax revenue

 How is sales tax revenue spent within Agoura HIlls?

  • Sales tax revenue is the primary source of funding for programs, projects, and services that make Agoura Hills the unique community, such as a strong police force, fire services, active Senior Citizens programs, strong youth programs.
  • This revenue also supports the repaving of local streets, repairing potholes, maintaining sidewalks and equestrian/hiking trails.

How can I, as a local business community member, participate?

It’s simple! If you are a licensed business, you will receive all of the program features for free! If you are not a registered or licensed business and would like to register and be a participant in this great program, please click on the link below and complete the Business License application and return it to our Finance Department. Registered businesses will be allowed to add a description of their business and products as well as a link to their business website on the business directory. To add this information, please fill out the Buy Local Business Information form with your new and/or updated information and return it as directed on the form.

STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY! Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain (hundreds of times more than buying from an online mega-retailer) — a benefit we all can bank on.

 

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