Wilson County’s sales tax revenues in July continued to move toward two full years of increased collections compared to that of the prior year in the same month without a decline and were the highest so far in 2014 since January.
The Tennessee Department of Revenue released sales tax collections Thursday for Wilson County that showed totals for July – at more than $3.66 million – increased from June’s $3.35 million, May’s $3.2 million, April’s $3.34 million, March’s $2.87 million and February’s $2.7 million. So far in 2014, only January had a higher total with $4.2 million as a result of sales from the holidays since collections are reflective of the month prior.
In a direct comparison to last year’s $3.62 million in July, it marked the 23nd consecutive month Wilson County’s sales tax collections were higher than the same time the year before. The last time revenues fell compared to the year prior was August 2012.
Lebanon again led the way with the highest amount of sales tax collections among Wilson County cities with more than $1.74 million in July, which was an increase of nearly $30,000 compared to June’s $1.71 million, but it remained lower than a year ago by nearly $200,000.
Mt. Juliet’s collections were a bit more than $1.37 million in July, which was an increase of more than $70,000 compared to June, as well as figures from a year ago.
Watertown’s collections in July at $26,500 increased by about $500 compared to June, as well as prior-year revenues.
Collections in unincorporated areas of Wilson County, at more than $523,000, made the biggest gains in July in the breakdown. Compared to June, collections increased $185,000 and were up $155,000 compared to a year ago.