City sales tax up 11%

Published 12:02 am Friday, June 10, 2011

Sales tax collections were up slightly in April, with the county reporting an increase of 6 percent and the City of Andalusia 11 percent.

The collection figures represent March sales that were remitted in April.

The county collected $657,793, which is more than $40,000 higher than this same time last year.

Assist-ant county administrator Pam Steele said those figures, when added to previous monthly totals, show the county has seen an increase of 5.63 percent in year-to-date collections from this time last year.

“Last year this time, we were at $4.85 million,” she said. “Now, we’re at $5.12 million, so that’s really good.”

The same can be said for local government in Andalusia, who reported the city received $395,300 for March sales. That’s nearly $39,000 than the $356,448 collected last year.

Year-to-date collections are up approximately 3 percent for the city with $2,333,388 collected in 2011 over the $2,266,132 at this same point last year.

In Opp, records show sales tax collections grew by nearly $14,000 over the March 2010 total with $165,025 remitted in April. Year-to-date, Opp’s collections are up nearly half a percent at $1,106,485.

Florala city clerk Kathy Rathel said the city received $33,277 in April – a figure that was $17 higher than last year’s figure for the same period. Year-to-date, the city has collected $226,270.

“Which is a great number for us,” Rathel said. “Our YTD budget is $208,843, so revenue is $17,427 higher or 8.3 percent over budget and last year’s actual collections.”