April sales tax collections up

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Three of the county’s four major tax bases are reporting an increase in sales tax collections for April’s sales.

The figures, which represent taxes collected in April and remitted in May, are the most recent available to municipalities.

Andalusia showed the most growth with $374,154 in collections – 2.28 percent increase in year-to-date totals from this time last year.

Mayor Earl Johnson called the increase “amazing.”

“The fact that sales tax collections in Andalusia are 2.28 percent over last year’s for the same period is really amazing,” Johnson said. “It speaks volumes about our efforts to reinvest in our economy. Today, we are seeing the results of what we did five to 10 years ago. Now, we are investing again with the River Falls Street, SaeHaeSung, Industrial Park Expansion, Industrial Park Access Road, Church Street Arts Center, several airport projects and Johnson Park Renovation Projects.”

Johnson called the projects “fundamental” ones that will “not only provide for stable, long term growth, they will also change the face of Andalusia for the better.

“This plan will provide for sustained growth that will give us the means with which to create better lives for our citizens,” he said.

The county also reported an increase in its year-to-date totals – a 0.26 percent increase specifically, said assistant county administrator Pam Steele.

“With all things considering, the fact that we’re not losing ground is great,” Steele said.

In April, the county collected $616,983 in sales tax revenue, bringing its year-to-date total for 2010 to $4,847,362.

Florala followed with $34,392, an increase of nearly 1 percent from the previous month’s collections.

Opp’s totals came in at $166,130 – a slight decrease from the previous month’s total of $170,204, bringing the city’s year-to-date comparison to a 3.1 percent decrease in collections from this time last year.