City sales tax dips slightly in January
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:30 AM
Philadelphia's sales tax collections saw about a 3 percent decrease or about $8,051 in January.
The city posted January collections of $257,302, compared to $265,353 for the same month in 2012.
Sales tax collections for July 1 to-date are up about $20,732.
Philadelphia's tourism tax for January totaled $6,004, compared to $6,177 for the same month in 2012. Tourism tax collections are up about $1,439 so far for the year or about 2.25 percent.
The city collects an additional 3 percent tax on hotel rooms. Those monies are used to promote tourism.
Sales tax collections make up more than half of the city's revenue stream, which funds such operations as police, fire and street departments, among others.
The state's sales tax collections have a three-month cycle. Tax is collected by the retailer one month; it is reported and paid to the state Tax Commission by the retailer the second month; and the diversion is paid to the cities by the Tax Commission the third month.
The following figures reflect taxes collected on January sales with 2012 figures in parenthsis:
Canton: $172,158 ($158,910).
Carthage: $112,128 ($107,787).
DeKalb: $19,087 ($18,643).
Flowood: $744,471 ($724,125).
Forest: $142,916 ($153,971).
Kosciusko: $143,328 ($147,063).
Louisville: $131,833 ($127,919).
Madison: $466,392 ($405,934).
Meridian: $1,040,253 ($1,007,587).
Union: $27,582 ($29,986).