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April sales tax revenues spike

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Wilson County sales tax revenues showed a significant increase in April, which stands as the second highest in collections in the past year.

The Tennessee Department of Revenue released Friday sales tax collections for Wilson County that showed totals for April increased about $500,000 compared to March’s $2.66 million and $2.68 million in February. The year started on a high with $3.87 million collected in January due to leftover revenues from holiday shopping.

April’s $3.16 million in collections was also considerably higher than previous months, $2.86 million in December, $2.7 million in November, $2.92 million in October and $2.81 million in September.

April’s total revenue in Wilson County was about $30,000 higher than the same time last year.

As has become a trend, Lebanon again led the way with the highest amount of sales tax collections among Wilson County cities with more than $1.6 million in April. Revenues increased nearly $300,000 compared to about $1.34 million each in March and February. April figures were down from January’s $1.78 million, but increased compared to December’s $1.45 million and November’s $1.41 million.

Mt. Juliet’s collections – nearly $1.26 million in April – increased more than $250,000 compared to March, but remained behind January’s $1.67 million. April figures were up compared to $1.1 million in December, just more than $1 million in November and $1.12 million in October.

Watertown collections jumped $6,000 compared to March and had the highest amount of sales tax revenues there in at least the past seven months with nearly $26,000 in April. In March, Watertown showed a more than $3,000 increase in collections to just more than $20,000, compared to about $17,000 in February, $23,000 in January, nearly $20,000 in December, more than $17,500 in November and nearly $21,000 in October.

Collections in unincorporated areas of Wilson County, at nearly $273,000, recovered somewhat in April compared to nearly $224,000 in revenues in March. The April amount remained below previous months, $311,000 in February, $401,000 in January, $274,000 in December, $282,000 in November and $356,000 in October.

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