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Posted on: May 14, 2021

Sales taxes skyrocket

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By Richard Greene | Wise County Messenger

The Wise County economy is rolling to historic heights.

Accompanying the full parking lots, longer checkout lines and busy restaurants are record sales tax collections for local cities and the county. The May disbursement from the Texas Comptroller for sales in March and for the first quarter filers were up more than 25 percent in all but one city in the county.

“This is easily our best sales tax month ever,” Clark said.

“We talk about it anecdotally that everything is busy. Every restaurant is busy on the square. And this is post-pandemic. Everything is open. People are spending a lot of money here in Wise County. It makes a good business environment. People are wanting to spend money in their own community.”

Decatur also had a record month, bringing in $564,918. It was a jump of 35.69 percent from the $416,299 in May 2020.

“It could be the largest one ever,” said Decatur City Manager Brett Shannon. “It’s definitely more than the February payment, which included Christmas. The best news is I don’t see it slowing down. There’s just more people moving in here. I hope it’s a sign of things to come.”

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