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Sales tax numbers strong for holiday season

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Come to find out the Grinch didn’t steal Christmas after all. At least not in Lawrence, according to early sales tax returns for the holiday season. City Hall received its January sales tax payment recently, and it was up an impressive 6.1 percent from the same period a year before. The January payment essentially accounts for sales made in Lawrence from mid-November to mid-December. The city collected $1.87 million during the time period, up from $1.76 million during the same period a year earlier. Sales tax followers would caution that one month’s worth of data isn’t overly meaningful, and they’re right. But January’s total does continue a longer-term trend. Despite all the negative news nationally about the economy, Lawrence sales tax totals now have increased eight out of the last 12 months.

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Steve Jacob 5 years, 2 months ago

I see the mornings on CNBC they highlight some towns that the economy has been OK to good, and they even point out all but one out of say 10 are college towns.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

Trobs, you are a genius. Too bad the blog doesn't break down the sales tax i.e. how much from utilities, how much from alcohol, how much from motels/hotels. etc and etc.

Was December cold? Was more gas and electricity used?

And in May, let's see how the increase works out for the 1% for the T.

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Trobs 5 years, 2 months ago

The real reason? The prices of things went up!

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solsken66 5 years, 2 months ago

Very plausible due to more people staying closer to home.

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down_the_river 5 years, 2 months ago

There may be something a bit odd with this reporting. If the numbers are to be trusted, this was the biggest retail boom on record for the State of Kansas. Does that seem likely? Though Lawrence did OK (up 6.1), consider lowly KCK up 13.1, Manhattan up 17.6, Overland Park up 23.2 and Lenexa up 56.8 percent from last year. Plausible? Use your observations as a gauge.

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