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August 14--  Sales tax collections in Vidalia are stronger this year than last according to City Clerk Bill Bedingfield.

In his monthly report to the city council, Bedingfield notes collections of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax are up nearly ten percent in the first five months of 2012.  Monthly collections are averaging almost $170,000.

Likewise, collections of the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) are up more than eight percent with average monthly collections of nearly $172,000.

Bedingfield also reports collections are up nearly three percent in the local Hotel/Motel tax and just over one percent in alcohol tax revenue.

The city has also collected almost $5 million in city property taxes with only about one percent in 2011 taxes still unpaid.  Of the $5 million, nearly 77% goes to the Vidalia City School System.

In actions at the Monday night city council meeting, the councial agreed that Halloween in Vidalia will be observed this year on Tuesday night, October 30.

It also okayed the appointment of Tom Cato and Les Salter to the board of the Vidalia Onion Festival Committee and agreed to host a session of the Georgia Supreme Court in February, 2013.

The council will hold its September meeting in the new council chambers located in the newly opened Vidalia Municipal Annex and is considering an open house for the new facility just prior to the meeting.