Sales taxes trend up 2%

Published 12:05 am Friday, September 10, 2010

Sales tax collections – a major source of funding for local governments – are holding strong in Andalusia and the county, the most recent numbers show.

The figures, which represent taxes collected in July and remitted in August, are the most recent available.

Andalusia showed an approximately 2 percent increase to $364,912, city officials said Thursday.

Year-to-date, the city has collected $4,137,940, which also shows a 2 percent increase from the same period last year, when the city had collected $4,075,349.

The county collected $616,116 in July, or a 1.6 percent increase of last year, said assistant county administrator Pam Steele. Star-News archives show the county collected $606,035 in the same period last year.

Year-to-date, the county has collected $5,463,478 in sales taxes.

Opp saw a decrease from June to July, as well as from the same period last year.

The city collected $157,781 in July, which is down from the $169,039 collected in June and the $163,995 collected last July.

City Clerk Connie Smith said the city has seen an overall decrease in year to date collections from $1,853,165 this time last year compared to the $1,761,564 for the same period this year.

Florala’s sales tax number were not readily available at press time.