Sales tax rebound in Upper Verde

Arizona Department of Revenue sales tax figures for February show that Cottonwood is the only community in the Verde Valley to show an increase in both retail and total categories. Cottonwood is also the only town to show an increase in year-to-date total sales tax revenues.

Clarkdale showed an increase in total sales tax revenues for February but is down in retail and the year-to-date categories.

Jerome increased its total sales tax revenue for February over the same month last year. Retail tax and year-to-date tax dropped for Jerome for February.

Cottonwood collected $557,268 in retail sales tax for February, an increase from $475,465 collected for the same month last year. Total sales tax revenue was up from $755,456 in Feb. 08 to $842,376 in Feb. 09. The year-to-date collections in all categories of sales tax through February was up from $6,567,039 for 2008 to $6,718,761 in 2009.

Cottonwood raised its sales tax rate by 0.8 percent last year.

Camp Verde collected $75,883 in retail sales tax for Feb. 09, a decrease from $101,468 for Feb. 08. Total sales tax revenue was also down from $230,673 in Feb. 08 to $179,638 in Feb. 09.

Year-to-date sales tax revenue through February is down slightly from $1,563,486 in 2008 to $1,546,952 in 2009.

Clarkdale almost held steady in February's retail sales tax collections with $6,081 compared with $6,147 last year. In the total sales tax category, Clarkdale beat last year's figures with $72,918 collected in Feb. 09, an increase from 08's $48,375. The year-to-date total sales tax revenue through Feb. 09 was $600,091, down from $624,807 in 2008.

Jerome's retail sales tax collections were down for February from 08's $11,228 to 09's $10,974. But total sales tax revenues were up from $29,763 in Feb. 08 to $33,034 in Feb. 09. Year-to-date total sales tax revenue through February was down to $305,373 this year from last year's $323,093.

Sedona dropped significantly in retail sales tax for February from $250,460 last year to $188,388 this year.

Total sales tax revenues for February also dropped from $909,590 last year to $731,583 this year. The year-to-date total sales tax revenue through February dropped to $8,788,273 this year from $9,207,274 last year.

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