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Mammoth Bucks

Grangeville chamber works to keep money in community

Mammoth Bucks come in denominations of $5, $10 and $25. Currently, $19,200 worth of Mammoth Bucks are out in the community.

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Mammoth Bucks come in denominations of $5, $10 and $25. Currently, $19,200 worth of Mammoth Bucks are out in the community.



— Are you having a difficult time thinking of a Christmas gift for your employees? Grandpa? Your favorite neighbor?

Look no further. Mammoth Bucks are here.

The Grangeville Chamber of Commerce (GCC) came up with Mammoth Bucks in the 1990s as a plan to assist the Grangeville economy.

“Mammoth Bucks can be spent at most any Grangeville business and are the same as money,” said Jeff Kutner of the GCC.

Mammoth Bucks come in denominations of $5, $10 and $25 and can be purchased directly from Kutner on behalf of the chamber.

Currently, $19,200 worth of Mammoth Bucks are out in the community.

“Wouldn’t that be a boost to the area if these were spent in the next couple of weeks?” Kutner asked.

Kutner said any business in Grangeville that does not currently accept Mammoth Bucks he would appreciate knowing about because he will make a point to visit with that business and explain the program to the owner. However, the majority of businesses do accept them, including Larson’s, Pizza Factory, Hoppers, Asker’s, Cash and Carry and King’s.

Syringa Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, Idaho Forest Group and The Hope Center have been the most consistent purchasers of the Mammoth Bucks as gifts and incentives for their employees and clientele, Kutner said.

“It really helps keep the money in Grangeville and is good for our businesses here,” he said.

Those who use the bucks do not receive change (so they need to get as close to the purchase price as they can). Business owners simply deposit the bucks like cash.

To purchase Mammoth Bucks call Kutner at 983-2626 or e-mail jeff@grangevilleidaho.com.



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