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Local sales tax numbers strong despite national news

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The national headlines in September and October were full of gloom and doom about the economy, but they apparently didn’t slow shoppers much in Lawrence. The city’s most recent sales tax report showed that sales tax collections in late September and early October — right in the depths of the financial crisis — actually were 5 percent higher than for the same period a year ago. The most recent numbers continue a yearlong trend of collections beating the city’s projections. For the year, the city has collected $19.4 million in sales taxes, which is about $700,000 more than was collected during the same time period a year ago. The most recent monthly report showed that in late September and early October, the city collected $1.67 million in sales taxes, up from $1.58 million during the same period in 2007.

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