Sales tax records: Biz good here

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 11, 2013

Business is good in Covington County, according to recent sales tax collection numbers.

Those figures, which represent collections for February and March, show that Andalusia, Florala and Covington County saw increases over the previous month, while Opp showed only a slight decrease.

In Andalusia, reported collections for March, which represents sales, was $317,641 – a 5.2 percent increase over the $301,137 collected in February. In January, the city collected $410,654 for sales made during the December Christmas holidays. Year-to-date comparison figures were not immediately available.

The county reported collections of $635,113 in March. Comparatively, that’s a 1.5 percent increase over the $625,219 collected in February. For the Christmas holiday shopping season, the county collected $815,481 in January, bringing the year-to-date total to $4.1 million. Assistant County Administrator Pam Steele that figure is a 9.78 percent increase over the same period last year.

In Florala, there was $31,224 collected in March – a .06 percent increase over the $29,416 collected in February, said city clerk Kathy Rathel.

“And with the $33,412 we collected in January, we are $8,680.78 over what we budgeted year-to-date through March 2013,” she said.

The only municipality to report a loss for the period was Opp. City Clerk Connie Smith said $153,108 was collected in March, while $156,303 was collected in February. Those figures do not represent the taxes collected during the Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo. Those figures will be shown in the April report.