VERDE VALLEY - The Verde Valley saw small gains in its sales tax collections for the month of December.
Cottonwood collected more than 9 percent over the same month last year, almost quadrupling its construction sales tax revenue, according to reports issued by the Arizona Department of Revenue.
Manufacturing went up about 20 percent, while retail trade as well as real estate, rental and leasing saw single-digit increases. Sales tax revenues from restaurants and bars decreased by less than 5 percent.
Revenues from accommodation dropped the most, at almost 28 percent less than December 2012.
Rudy Rodriguez, the City of Cottonwood's administrative services general manager, said in October that pre-holiday frugality was a likely cause for the 5 percent up-tick in that month over the same period last year.
"We do have those signature events that bring a lot of people in," Rodriguez said. "People who decide, we're going to start visiting and shopping in Cottonwood."
December's 9 percent gain in sales tax collections sits nearer the high end for improvement, between about 8 and 12 percent, and the low end where October fell.
"Overall, we're exceeding our projections," he said.
Sales tax revenues increased by slightly more than 3 percent in Jerome, at about $54,000. The town collected almost four times more in manufacturing compared to December of 2012, and nearly $1,600 more in restaurant and bar sales tax revenue.
The town's construction and wholesale trade both decreased by at least 70 percent, and retail trade dipped by more than 16 percent.
While manufacturing did increase by almost 40 percent for Camp Verde to about $6,000, gains were outnumbered by decreases. Construction as well as communication and utility sales tax revenues fell by more than a third to about $10,000 and $13,000 respectively.
In line with the end of major construction projects that made up about 30 percent of the town of Clarkdale's construction revenue in 2012, December 2013 saw almost a 27-percent dip in sales tax collections.