November Verde Valley sales tax revenue mixed

Three communities buck downward trend

Sedona, Camp Verde and Clarkdale are the only Verde Valley communities to show a gain in either the retail or total sales tax categories for November. Even those three are generally in a downward trend along with the rest of the valley towns and cities.

Last month Sedona was the only town to gain in both the total sales tax for the month and the total for the year categories compared with October 2007. Clarkdale was the only town to show a gain in October for retail sales tax over the same month in 2007.

For November, Sedona went negative in the total sales tax collected for the month, but that city did stay in the positive column for year-to-date total sales tax collections with $6,154,218 compared with $6,138,567 through the same month last year.

Sedona collected $279,192 in retail sales tax, a drop from $335,689 for November 2007. The category for total sales tax also dropped from $1,361,830 in November '07 to $1,191,160 for November '08.

Clarkdale dropped in retail sales tax revenue for November from $4,421 in 07 to $3,612 for '08. But Clarkdale jumped in the total sales tax category to $97,332 for November '08 from $88,127 for the same month last year. The year-to-date total of all sales tax categories for Clarkdale dropped from $449,711 in November '07 to $366,143 for November '08.

Camp Verde is up in the year-to-date category in total sales tax collections from $915,403 for November '07 to $969,231 for November '08. The city also is up in both the retail and total sales tax categories for the month. Total sales tax collections for November '08 were $201,634 compared to $136,536 in November '07. Retail sales tax revenues also were up. But the numbers posted for Camp Verde's retail tax collections in November 2007 were a negative $3,672. The State of Arizona Department of Revenue could not offer an explanation. Retail sales tax collections for November '08 were $59,973.

Cottonwood collected $428,261 in November '08 in retail sales tax. That is a drop from $496,584 for the same month last year. Cottonwood also dropped in the total sales tax category from $797,900 for November '07 to $709,693 for November '08. Year-to-date total sales tax revenue dropped from $4,112,530 in November '07 to $3,813,914 in November '08.

Jerome dropped in November in all three categories. Retail sales tax collections dropped to $18,899 for November '08 from $23,105 in November '07. Total sales tax revenue for November '08 was down to $47,194 from $53,637 for the same month last year. Year-to-date total sales tax revenue was $202,944 through November '08 compared with $214,290 through November '07.

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