Sales tax collections on track

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sales tax collection totals for February show the month’s collections are “right on the money,” throughout the county.

These figures, which represent sales taxes collected in February and remitted in March, are the most recent given to municipalities.

In Andalusia, a 1.2 percent increase was seen for February sales, bringing the total sales tax revenue collected to $356,448 – a more than $4,500 difference from this time last year.

City Clerk John Thompson said the city’s year-to-date collections total are up 3.41 percent overall.

“This time in 2009, our October-March total was at $2.19 million,” Thompson said. “Now, that total for 2010 is at $2.23 million – which is good news for Andalusia.”

The county’s total collections are nearly identical to this time last year, said assistant county administrator Pam Steele.

“We collected $583,266 for February 2010 (sales),” Steele said.

“In 2009, that same period, the total was $583,323. That’s only a $57 difference, so it’s almost right on the money. Considering the economy, we think those totals are great.”

Opp collected $148,652 – a 2.3 percent decrease from 2009’s $152,165 in collections, said city clerk Connie Smith.

Year to date collections for fiscal year 2010 – which is $931,007 – are down nearly 5 percent from this time last year.

In Florala, city clerk Kathy Rathel said collections for February sales came in at $30,275.45.

“Which is pretty close to what we collected last year – $30,351.54 – which is only $76 more,” Rathel said.

“Year-to-date is at $174,959.90 this year, and last year we were at $185,184, which shows are our overall year-to-date collections are down around 5.52 percent.”