"We did end the year just slightly under budget for sales tax revenue. However our most recent month over month comparing with last year we were up just slightly at 0.39%. So we're hopeful going forward that will continue to see that upward trend.""Slightly under budget for sales tax revenue" was a shortfall of $510,399. That's nearly one month of sales tax revenue. September 2016's sales tax revenue came in 12.6% or $88,647 below 2015's. I'm not sure how that's upward for the month. Also, one month of data does not make a trend.
The shortfall when comparing the last two years of actual data came in at nearly $1.2 million or 12.5%. Hope is a good thing, so are knowledge and faith. I pray our economy stabilizes and expands in a way that helps people living here.