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Sales tax: 2015 starts on a good note

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, January 10, 2015
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Eight up, four down.

That’s how Wise County’s dozen sales-tax-collecting cities greeted the new year – a decent start compared to last year’s January payment.

Combined, the cities collected $672,439. That’s almost $20,000 more in sales tax than they had the previous year, a gain of 3.05 percent.

Bridgeport led the way with a gain of just more than $14,000, while Rhome, Boyd, Chico, Paradise, Newark, Runaway Bay and Aurora also posted gains.

Decatur, with collections for the month of $326,950, was down less than half of 1 percent or $1,639. New Fairview, Alvord and Lake Bridgeport joined them on the down side of the ledger.

The state saw a gain of 7.11 percent, with 1,150 cities collecting just more than $400 million.

Wise County, which tacks on a half-cent to help offset property taxes, took in $331,538 to start the year – 3 percent better than it did last year.

The January sales tax figures represent November sales reported by monthly tax filers.

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