Annual sales tax revenue tops $1 million during COVID

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Mount Olive experienced an increase in monthly sales tax revenue in 2020.

According to Kaye Anderson, who recently retired as the town’s clerk and finance officer, Mount Olive’s annual return topped $1 million.

Local sales tax produced $1,028,096.40 a year ago despite the COVID-19 pandemic that induced state-directed shutdowns and a curfew.

The town received $964,910.12 in 2019.

“I am proud of our citizens and their commitment to keeping Mount Olive strong during these challenging times,” said Mount Olive Mayor Ken Talton. “Mount Olive has such a great community of people and businesses who make our town special. We know how to support each other and work together when times get tough.”

The numbers didn’t surprise Jammie Royall.

The town manager said he took note during the months of COVID and actually felt business had picked up since local stores appeared to be having normal, if not better than normal, business. The grocery stores were always packed, he said.

The virus has required everyone to keep healthy and safe during extraordinary times, Talton said, and precautionary measures such as staying close to home minimized the spread and also helped reinforce why shopping local is so critical.

“Supporting local economies helps provide for our daily needs of food, clothing, and shelter,” the mayor said. “In return, we provide resources needed for local businesses to remain strong and successful. We need each other to sustain our communities and our town. One cannot exist without the other. In its truest form, we are all in this together.”

The January reimbursement for Mount Olive was $91,355.99, up considerably over last January’s amount of $82,278.81.

The revenue was $74,893.97 in 2019.

Here are the monthly totals for 2020:

  • January, $82,278.38;
  • February, $84,476.35;
  • March, $85,202.38;
  • April, $74,564.13;
  • May, $73,178.52;
  • June, $80,834,22;
  • July, $75,108,12;
  • August, $89,516,47;
  • September, $103,319.65 (the most ever in one month);
  • October, $96,394.88;
  • November, $90,933.83; and
  • December, $92,339.53.

The following are 2019 monthly totals:

  • January, $74,893.97;
  • February, $77,406.71;
  • March, $86,118.79;
  • April, $66,924,13;
  • May, $66,66l.80;
  • June, $94,070.57;
  • July, $80,876.51;
  • August, $84,818.02;
  • September, $89,504.17;
  • October, $83.171.60;
  • November, $78,881.62; and
  • December, $81,582.23.

Kathy Nichols, the town’s payroll clerk, provided the numbers.

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