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May sales bring July payments
By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Sales tax payments increased for cities of Childress, Memphis and Wellington in July. The allocations represent taxes from sales during May.
Wellington’s May 2020 sales tax increased by 23.93 percent over May 2019 figures, with the city receiving $24,925.67 compared to $20,111.51 the prior year, according to the comptroller’s website.
From January to May, the city’s sales tax allocation increased 20.96 percent over the same period in 2019.
To date this year, Wellington has received $202,988.03 in sales tax allocations compared to $167,813.569 for the first five months of last year.
“People are staying home and shopping local,” Market Square Supermarkets Store Manager James Ellis said. “We do appreciate our customers, and if this continues, we can provide a couple more jobs. Hours come from sales.”
Memphis’ sales tax payment for July increased by 18.4 percent as the payment was $32,171.84 compared to $27,172 for 2019, according to the comptroller’s website.
From January to May, Memphis’ the total sales tax distribution increased 2.83 percent compared to the same period in 2019, receiving $220,226.22 compared to last year’s $214,158.93.
Memphis Mayor Joe Davis said more people are shopping locally because of COVID-19. The city has been working on the community to make it more inviting, and they put up billboards coming into Estelline and coming out of Hedley to promote Memphis.
“That’s one of the blessings of being on the highway,” he said. “There’s lots of traffic.”
Childress’ allocation, from May sales, increased by 2.45 percent in July 2020 over July 2019 as the city received $74,352.57 in compared to $72,568.55 last July, according to the comptroller’s website.
For the first five months of the year, Childress’ sales tax increased 4.96 percent over the same period in 2019. To date, Childress has received $591,259.72 in sales tax compared to last year’s $563,296.27.
Childress Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susan Leary said shopping in Childress stores with local merchants is imperative to their financial well-being.
“Every increase to the sales tax is a blessing to our community,” said. “In the days ahead, not knowing the impact of the COVID-19 in a long-term status, protecting our local community is imperative. The easiest way to ensure an economy in Childress that will employ our residents is for each of us to make a conscience effort to shop local every opportunity that comes our way.”