VERDE VALLEY – “We’re all over the board,” said Rudy Rodriguez, finance director for the City of Cottonwood. “There really is no trend that says we’ve improved.”
Rodriguez said the city’s sales tax revenue was down 6 percent in June, up 4 percent in July and down 8 percent in August. “We’re always looking for trends,” he said, “but we don’t have a trend.”
There is, however, one indicator that Rodriguez thinks may well be a positive one. “In December of 2009, we kind of turned a corner on the double-digit drops,” he said. “We haven’t had a double-digit drop since.”
Cottonwood collected $526,226 in retail sales tax for August, a drop from $560,338 last year. Total sales tax revenue in all categories for August was also down to $807,880 this year from $901,020 last year.
Year-to-date collections in Cottonwood for all sales tax categories in August dropped to $1,727,322 from $1,817,726 for the same period last year.
Jerome saw increases in retail, total and year-to-date sales tax for August. Retail tax revenue climbed to $17,366 from last year’s $15,236. Sales tax revenue in all categories also climbed to $47,269 from $39,457 last August.
Year-to-date tax revenue in all categories in Jerome rose from $78,751 to $96,801 for the same period this year.
Clarkdale dropped a little in retail tax for August to $3,250 from $3,401 last year. But the total sales tax revenue for all categories jumped to $60,733 for August from $51,308 last year.
Year-to-date total revenue also was up for Clarkdale to $120,433 from $98,819 for the same period last year.
Kathy Bainbridge, town clerk and finance director for Clarkdale, said the town’s tax collections were so low last year that any little bit helps.
Bainbridge said the town has some construction projects through grants, and some larger projects coming from the Arizona Department of Transportation.
“Those will be taxable projects,” Bainbridge said.
Those projects include a sidewalk project on Hwy 89A for $1.4 million.
Camp Verde saw an increase in retail tax revenue from $56,889 last August to $60,099 this year. But total tax collections were down from $180,058 last year to $146,648 this year.
Year-to-date total sales tax revenue in Camp Verde dropped significantly from $367,214 through August to $291,336 for the same period this year.
Sedona had an increase in August for retail sales tax revenue to $236,380 from $223,333 from last year. Total sales tax collections were down from $1,001,376 last August to $917,875 this year.
Year-to-date sales tax revenue in all categories for Sedona also was down a little from $2,074,601 through August last year to $2,058,271 for the same period this year.
Sales tax revenue figures are provided by the Arizona Department of Revenue.