The City of Dothan’s budget surplus from sales tax collections topped $9 million after the area experienced another strong month economically in June.
In June the city collected more than $6.2 million in sales tax remittances, beating budget projections by more than $1.1 million. The number also reflected a 12.8 percent increase in a year-to-year comparison to the 2018 fiscal year, the fifth time the city has experienced an increase of more than 10 percent in the 2019 fiscal year.
For the year, the city has collected $55.9 million from sales taxes – which constitute about 70 percent of the Dothan government’s budget. That figure is about 11.2 percent higher than last year’s figures at this point.
Percentage-wise, lodging taxes have fared even better.
For the year, Dothan has collected 24.1 percent more in lodging tax remittances than it had by June 2018 after receiving $334,581.78 last month. The number reflects the eighth consecutive gain in year-to-year comparison, with all of those gains topping at least 23 percent.
For the year, Dothan’s coffers have received almost $3 million – more than the $2.7 million projected for the entire fiscal year.
Some smaller segments of the sales tax collections have slumped this year. Machines and manufacturing taxes are down 34.8 percent so far this fiscal year – about $61,000 lower than last year’s tally.
Farm/agriculture tax collections have dropped 6.6 percent for the year, although a significant portion of those losses happened in June. The city registered $9,719.22 in agriculture taxes in June, a 17.8 percent drop from last year.