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Tyler's June sales tax collections up from 2016

Faith Harper - Tyler Morning Telegraph
Published on Sunday, 18 June 2017 23:28 - Written by FAITH HARPER, fharper@tylerpaper.com
 

June sales tax collections are up from last year, but Tyler officials do not plan to change course on its tightened budget.

The month represents the end of the third quarter of the year, leaving three months left in the fiscal year, which begins in October and ends in September.

For June, sales tax was up 3.66 percent from the same month the previous year.

 

So far this fiscal year (October 2016 to June 2017), sales tax is up .74 percent overall from 2016.

 

The city relies more heavily on sales tax revenue than property taxes -- with 42 percent of its budget coming from sales tax, compared to 27 percent coming from traditional property taxes.

Sales tax revenue has failed to meet projections for two years, causing rounds of cuts and continuous hiring freezes.

 

In February, the city asked department heads for a final round of cuts for this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. That budget was considered to be a worst-case scenario.

In the months since, no new cuts have been needed, and the city has begun work on its budget for next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

Chief Financial Officer Keidric Trimble said the city doesn’t anticipate changing the current budget. If collections come in above expectations, the revenue will be used as a baseline to start next year’s budget.

“If we stay on the budget plan we are on, then hopefully we will go into the year with a higher fund balance than we anticipated,” Trimble said.

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