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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Help keep $1.5 Million in Erie County while out shopping for the holidays

ERIE COUNTY, NY – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is reminding residents to “Renew Local” on Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting local businesses across the country and celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 

This year County Clerk Jacobs is making it easy for shoppers to “Renew Local” while out bargain hunting by having green “Renew Local” mailboxes placed outside the Erie County Auto Bureaus located in area shopping centers: Northtown Plaza, Eastern Hills Mall and Urbandale Plaza. 

 “When shoppers visit these locations they are supporting local businesses,” said Jacobs. “I hope that residents who are buying locally also consider renewing locally by dropping their registration renewals in any of our conveniently located green mailboxes.” 

Taxpayers should know that by not renewing their vehicle registration directly with the County Clerk’s Office, taxpayers lose 12.7% per renewal, which totals over $1.5 million annually. This revenue is critical to support such services as the local Auto Bureau locations and its Mobile Units, and it also goes into the County’s general fund to pay for other vital programs and services important to the community. 

Motorists can simply place their registration renewal form and the specified check, made payable to the Erie County Clerk, in the postage-paid green envelope and drop it in the signature green box outside the Erie County Auto Bureau locations or drop it in any mailbox that is convenient to them. 

“I want to encourage individuals to support the local economy and patronize locally owned businesses on Small Business Saturday,” said Jacobs. “I believe our ‘Renew Local’ campaign is an effort to do just that, while making it an easy and convenient option for motorists to help keep much needed revenue in Erie County.” 

For more information on how to "Renew Local" please contact the Erie County Auto Bureau Call Center at 858-7450 or go to www.renewlocal.erie.gov.