With one exception, sales tax revenues throughout the Verde Valley are down from a year ago in both retail and total categories. Jerome is up in total sales tax collections for August compared to the same month last year.
Jerome collected a total for August of $39,495, an increase over $37,738 collected in August 2007. But, like every other city and town in the Verde Valley, Jerome's retail sales tax revenue for August dropped from $15,179 in 07 to $13,596 in 08.
Camp Verde almost held its own with August figures from a year ago. Retail sales tax dropped from $65,522 in 07 to $64,259 for 08. Total sales tax revenue dropped from $190,970 in 07 to $184,999 in 08.
One bright spot in the sales tax figures for August is that Camp Verde is ahead year-to-date over August of last year. The 08 year-to-date total sales tax revenue is $418,587 compared to $385,540 for August year-to-date in 07.
Clarkdale also held fairly close to August 07 figures in total sales tax collections. In August 2007 Clarkdale collected $67,418 in total sales taxes compared with $64,993 for this year. That drop from last year shows up in Clarkdale's retail sales tax revenues for August. This year the town took in $4,653 in August retail taxes, a drop of $3,210 from 07's $7,863, and more than the $2,425 the town was behind last year in total sales tax collections.
Cottonwood dropped in retail tax revenue for August from $513,972 in 07 to $461,523 in 08. Total sales tax collected for August dropped from $816,807 in 07 to $765,788 in 08.
Sedona saw total sales tax revenue for August drop to $1,090,523 for 08 from $1,230,340 in 07.
Retail sales tax also dropped in August from 07's $269,234 to $249,420 for this year.