Tue, April 07

November sales tax report mostly positive
Camp Verde only area town down year to date

VERDE VALLEY - The November sales tax report from the Arizona Department of Revenue has some positive numbers for most of the communities in the Verde Valley.

Cottonwood and Clarkdale were both up for November compared with the same month a year ago in the retail sales tax category, the total of all categories for November, and the year-to-date total through November.

Jerome was down slightly in the retail sales tax category but was ahead of last November in the November total and the year-to-date total collections.

Camp Verde showed a decrease from November last year in collections for the retail, total and year-to-date categories.

Retail sales tax revenue in Camp Verde dropped from $48,133 last November to $42,745 this year. The total for all sales tax categories for November dropped from $131,145 in 2010 to $118,784 this year.

Year-to-date sales tax revenue in Camp Verde through November also dropped from $732,276 last year to $692,288 this year.

Cottonwood saw encouraging numbers for November in retail sales tax, total taxes for the month and year-to-date totals. Retail sales tax revenue climbed to $554,489 from $519,361 last year.

Rudy Rodriguez, director of finance for Cottonwood, said the figures he's seeing show about 3.7 percent increase overall from the same period last year. "It's starting to look a little bit better," he said. "We're starting to turn the corner a little bit. Hopefully, the trend will continue."

As far as explaining the increased sales tax revenue, Rodriguez said, "The only thing that I see that's sticking out like a sore thumb is construction." He said that category is up nearly $50,000 over last year.

"These are some of the best numbers we've seen in a while," he said.

Rodriguez said that the recent construction projects for Big Five Sporting Goods and the new Veteran's Administration Clinic probably account for much of the increase.

Clarkdale also saw increases for November in retail sales tax, as well as the total sales tax for all categories for the month and the year-to-date numbers.

Kathy Bainbridge, clerk and finance director for Clarkdale, said the year-to-date numbers through November should have been good because, "Last month we were up quite a bit."

She said the town should be having more construction projects starting.

"Next month should take a jump," Bainbridge said.

"The project on sidewalks on 89A should start hitting next month," she said. The construction on the Spirit of Joy Church also is adding to the sales tax figures.

"I'm happy we'll keep on having these raises," she said.

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