Independent, locally owned businesses are vital to the economy of a community. Dollars spent locally help to boost the local tax base—a tax base that aids our school district and supports our municipal services. Not only are Benton businesses a distinctive part of the character of Benton, but they also support our school, its athletic teams, and its extracurricular programs; they make donations to various clubs, organizations, and social groups; and they know the things that are important to our community and to the day-to-day lives of the people with whom they do business. Our businesses are vital to the success of Benton–please support them often.