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.