Dothan sales tax collections enjoyed a sizable increase last month while lodging tax collections had its strongest month in at least 30 months.
Sales tax numbers, which are remitted in April, but reflect tax collected in March, jumped 2.18 percent over the same time period in 2012. The city collected $5.37 million in sales tax in March, its strongest month of the fiscal year other than December, which typically yields the most revenue due to the Christmas buying season.
Overall for the 2013 fiscal year, Dothan has collected $677,429 more than it did during the 2012 fiscal year and is now $1.61 million ahead of budgeted projections.
Automotive sales tax collections declined five percent compared to the same time period in 2012, but remain 9.1 percent ahead for the entire year.
Meanwhile, lodging tax collections soared after lagging most of the year. The city collected about $188,200 in lodging taxes for the month, about 31 percent more than the same time period in 2012. No month has yielded as much revenue in the past three fiscal years. The next highest amount collected in the past 30 months occurred in November of 2010, when the city collected $171,000 in lodging taxes.
The strong month pushed Dothan slightly ahead of budgeted projections for lodging tax collections. However, the city still has a $26,000 shortfall when compared to overall collections for the fiscal year when compared to 2012.
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