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Sales tax numbers down in June

By The Mercury

City sales tax revenues lagged again in June compared to the same month of 2012, the fifth time in six months that has been the case.

The city received $834,877 in sales tax revenue this June, about $7,000 less than the $841,600 received during the same month a year ago. Sales tax revenues have lagged for every month of 2013 compared to 2012 except during April.

Because of a two-month lag between the time a purchase is made and the time revenue is received, the June numbers reflect retail activity during April.

For the first six months of the year, sales tax revenues total about $5.14 million, about four percent less than during the comparable period a year ago.

Bernie Hayen, the city’s finance director, described the decreases as “nothing to be disappointed about,” noting that 2012 was a record year for retail spending here. Hayen said most of the large retailers were “right in line” with figures from a year ago.  He noted there also was a 5 percent increase in mall store sales, grocery sales, and auto dealership sales compared to a year ago.

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