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Natchez sales tax collections drop off

NATCHEZ — Natchez sales tax collections dropped nearly 7 percent in August compared to 2014. But city officials say the drop may not be a reason to panic.

Sales tax, a component of city revenue that in Natchez is highly linked to tourism, dropped to just under $447,000 in August 2015 from last year’s $479,000.

City Clerk Donnie Holloway tells The Natchez Democrat the hot temperatures may have had an effect on the drop in revenue.

Numbers for August 2015 may be lower than 2014, but they are still 6.5 percent higher than August 2013, and 0.5 percent higher than August 2012.

In fact, 2014 saw the highest August collections since the turn of the century.

Sales tax numbers for October reflect collections in August. Collections are reported two months after the fact.

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