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Sales tax revenues climb in January

Xavier Smith • Updated Feb 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Sales tax revenues in Wilson County spiked to start the year and continued a more than four-year trend of increases compared to the same time a year ago. 

Figures released Thursday from the Tennessee Department of Revenue showed January’s collections finished around $5.4 million, a strong increase from December’s $3.9 million. Collections typically run a month behind, so January’s revenues reflect holiday spending from December.  

The figure was also an increase from November’s $3.72 million, October’s $4.04 million and September’s $3.77 million. 

December’s rate was up about $200,000 compared to the same month a year ago, which marked the 53rd-straight monthly increase in year-to-year comparisons. The last time revenues fell compared to the year prior was August 2012.

Mt. Juliet led the way with the highest amount of sales tax collections among Wilson County cities with $2.49 million collected in January, an increase of about $800,000 compared to December and $140,000 more than the same time as a year ago. 

Collections in Lebanon totaled about $2.4 million, about $500,000 more than December, and about $80,000 more than the same time last year. 

Watertown’s collections were around $38,000 in January, which is about $10,000 more than December and an increase of about $4,000 from the same month last year.

Collections in unincorporated areas of Wilson County totaled around $460,000, which was an increase of about $160,000 from December. The total represented a slight dip of about $30,000 from the same time last year.

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