November sales taxes down lightly

Published 12:22 am Friday, January 8, 2010

Covington County’s sales tax revenue for November sales — which includes the “Black Friday shopping” event — was slightly down from last year. They were down less than 5 percent from 2008’s collections.

Pam Steele, assistant county administrator, said the county collected $563,940 in November, a decrease of $21,047 (or 3.7 percent) from November 2008 collections.

Andalusia City Clerk John Thompson said the city’s sales tax revenues, which are remitted in December for November’s sales, came in at $352,996 for the month. That’s 3.8 percent less than in November 2008.

“Things are already looking up for fiscal year 2010,” he said. “We are ahead of the same period one year ago by $61,000, or 5.95 percent.”

In Opp, collections for that period were down 5.1 percent. City Clerk Connie Smith said the city collected $152,083 in November 2009, compared to $159,864 in 2008 — a difference of $7,781.