BY MARY GARRISON
Sales tax revenues held strong during the last quarter of the 2013 calendar year in West Point, though tourism tax collections donâ€™t appear to be following the same trend.
According to the cityâ€™s tax revenue report, West Point brought in $189,704.22 and $198,017.75 in the months of October and November, respectively, for a total of $387,721.97 in sales tax revenues going into the height of the holiday shopping season.
Totals for December have not yet been released.
It was a marked improvement from the final quarter of 2012, with an increase of $15,666.71 and $17,934.27 for October and November 2012, respectively.
Those numbers could be indicative of a positive change on the horizon, according to West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson.
â€śThings are looking up,â€ť Robinson said. â€śThese numbers reflect ordinary shopping patterns. Itâ€™ll be interesting to see what Christmas (shopping) was like here in West Point. Itâ€™s always the largest number of the year, but Iâ€™ve really been pleased with not only the increase from last year comparatively but pleasantly surprised the numbers are as strong as they are. â€¦ Things are beginning to turn around, and that certainly gives me cause for optimism.â€ť
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