After a weak April, three of Wise County’s top four cities are running below last year in sales tax income.
But with the exception of Newark, 2014 is off to a rosy start for the rest of the county.
Decatur slipped below the water for the year with an 11.3 percent drop in April – taking in $290,207 compared to $327,149 in the same period last year.
Bridgeport trumped that with a 15 percent deficit. The city took in $208,150 after collecting $245,000 last year.
For the year, Decatur is eight-tenths of a percent behind last year while Bridgeport is almost 20 percent behind.
Rhome had a 7.8 percent loss for the month, but still checks in with a 7.5-percent gain for the year overall.
That’s about how far behind New Fairview is after a nearly 12-percent decline for April. But Boyd, Chico, Alvord, Paradise, Runaway Bay, Aurora and Lake Bridgeport are all up for the year – from Boyd’s 24.6 percent to 7.8 percent in Alvord.
The sales tax figures represent the cities’ share of February sales reported in March by monthly tax filers.
Wise County, which gets a half-cent, is up 14.2 percent for the year after a slight loss in April.
Statewide, cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts’ allocations were up 6.2 percent compared to April 2013.