July 9-- Sales tax collections in Vidalia are a mixed bag during the first few months of 2013.
According to city financial reports, local option sales tax collections through May total $1,022,447.68 and are down by just over one-half of a percent.
During the first four months of the year, the city reports Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue increased 1.95% for a total of $688,966.98. However, April collections were down 4.83% compared to April of last year.
The Transportation Special Purpose Sales Tax which started in January has earned the city $42,027.81. Collections are averaging about $8,400 a month.
The city is attracting more visitors this year. The hotel/motel tax is 6.36% higher than last year and has collected $133,244.33 through June. Proceeds are used to help finance the Vidalia Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Vidalia Assocation. So far this year, the city has paid the VACVB $45,303.37 and the DVA $7,994.66.
Collections are also up from the alcohol tax. The increase through June is 2.34% and equals $131,821.86 in revenue for the city.