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May 14--  Sales tax collections so far this year are up in the city of Vidalia.

City financial manager Bill Bedingfield told the city council Monday night Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) revenue is up 22% for January and February and that Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) collections are 12% ahead of last year. "That's a good number," he said, "and we hope that continues."

The city council okayed a request from the North Thompson Baptist Church to connect a daycare center to city water and sewage, agreed to help sponsor a triathalon in October to benefit local cancer victims and okayed an economic development loan to U.S. Energy Sciences.  The $167,000 loan is for 84 months at three percent interest.