City tax receipts still lag for year

Published 6:00 am Monday, December 20, 2004

Brookhaven sales tax collections for last month remained on parwith those of November 2003, but the city’s yearly total remained alittle behind.

According to totals from the Mississippi Tax Commission,Brookhaven’s share of November sales tax collections was$327,978.09. That was down about $500 from the November 2003 totalof $328,487.67.

At number 21, Brookhaven remained just outside the state’s top20 collectors. Several cities in the top 20 saw modest fluctuationsin their collection totals.

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For the state fiscal year, which started July 1, Brookhavencontinued to trail its 2003 pace by around $30,000. So far in 2004,the city had $1,671,967.56 compared to $1,702,423.13 at the samepoint in 2003.

However, for the city’s fiscal year, which started Oct. 1,Brookhaven is about $9,000 ahead after getting two months ofdiversions from the state, said City Clerk Mike Jinks. He was notalarmed by the flat November total.

“I don’t see a big concern there, yet,” Jinks said. “For ourfiscal year, we’re a little ahead.”

Jinks said the city has budgeted just over $4 million in revenuefrom sales for fiscal year 2005. That equates to almost $339,000 amonth.

“Some months we get more; some months we get less,” Jinks said.”As long as we get that average, we’ll be all right.”

In other parts of the area, McComb collected $364,800.93 as itsshare of November sales tax. McComb’s November 2004 total, whichplaced the city 19th in statewide rankings, represented an increaseof about $17,000 over the November 2003 total of $347,706.61.

In year-to-date collections, McComb’s 2004 pace stayed ahead ofits 2003 total. The margin was $1,889,081.23 this year and$1,851,330.93 last year.

In Lawrence County, Monticello’s November total climbedslightly, with $32,398.77 this year compared to $31,661.66 lastyear. Year to date collections remained close, with $165,382.34 in2004 and $169,166.10 last year.

In Franklin County, Meadville merchants took in $8,009.64 forthe town’s share of November 2004 sales tax. That was up severalhundred dollars from last November’s $7,682.72.

In year to date totals, Meadville had taken in $41,491.88 in2004, which was down a bit from 2003’s $42,929.76.

Also in Franklin County, Bude businesses rang up $8,261.79 inNovember for the town, a small increase over November 2003’s$7,890.31. For the year to date, the town had $44,078.58 this yearand $39,750.94 at the same point in 2003.

Wesson businesses’ November sales tax collections dropped to$10,275.99, compared to the $10,841.27 received last November. Inyear to date collections, the town had $54,674.17 for 2004 and$54,153.89 for 2003.