Decatur sales taxes increase in December

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, February 10, 2018

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Holiday shopping helped Decatur end the year on a strong note.

Sales tax receipts for December were 2.9 percent ahead of the 2016 totals for the same month, according to the February report from the state comptroller released this week.

Decatur brought in $410,117.84 – $11,591 more than Dec. 2016.

The increase helped close out a strong quarter for the city. Receipts were higher than the previous year in October, November and December.

“With what we’ve been doing the last five or six months, we’re hopeful that 2018 will be a good year,” said Decatur City Manager Brett Shannon. “There’s a lot of construction. We’re cautiously optimistic. It appears the Decatur economy is on a good path.”

Decatur had a big jump in November with a $218,000 increase in sales tax receipts from the same month of the previous year. Of that increase, $200,000 was in the audit collections category. Shannon said the city is still waiting to see if it will get to keep that extra income.

“We’ve made a call to the comptroller office about it,” Shannon said. “We’re going to take a wait-and-see approach with it for a few more months.”

The city brought in another $3,489 in the category this month.

Six other Wise County cities saw increases in sales taxes in December – Boyd, Lake Bridgeport, New Fairview, Paradise, Rhome and Runaway Bay.

After getting a boost in November, Bridgeport experienced a 8.96 percent decrease in December sales compared to the year before. Bridgeport brought in $167,538.14 in the last month of 2017 and $184,034.14 in Dec. 2016.

Wise County brought in $337,933.22 on its half-cent sales tax in December, a 6.98 percent increase from the $315,884.20 in Dec. 2016.

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