BY MARY GARRISON
Sales tax revenues held strong during the last quarter of the 2013 calendar year in West Point, though tourism tax collections don’t appear to be following the same trend.
According to the city’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.
“Things are looking up,” Robinson said. “These numbers reflect ordinary shopping patterns. It’ll be interesting to see what Christmas (shopping) was like here in West Point. It’s always the largest number of the year, but I’ve really been pleased with not only the increase from last year comparatively but pleasantly surprised the numbers are as strong as they are. … Things are beginning to turn around, and that certainly gives me cause for optimism.”
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