Starkville Daily News - - FO­RUM -



If the monthly av­er­age holds for city sales tax rev­enue, the city is cur­rently on pace to top its 2016 to­tal of $6,931,658.48. The same can also be said for the ho­tel/mo­tel in Septem­ber tax rev­enue, with the city on pace to top the yearly to­tal of $304,438.14 in 2016.

In to­tal, the city has col­lected $5,227,500.79 in sales tax rev­enue for 2017, with a monthly av­er­age of $653,437.60 so far for 2017.

For ho­tel/mo­tel tax rev­enue, the city re­ported col­lect­ing $230,729.62 for the year thus far, with the monthly av­er­age for 2017 com­ing in at $25,636.62. The monthly av­er­age is con­sis­tent with 2016 num­bers, which saw the monthly av­er­age for the ho­tel/mo­tel tax at $25,369.85 for 2016.

The per­cent change from 2016 to 2017 for the city’s sales tax is a 24.59 per­cent de­crease with three months left in the cal­en­dar year. While the city saw a 10.77 per­cent in­crease for March from 2016 to 2017, the city re­ported its largest de­crease in April, which fell 6.40 per­cent from 2016 to 2017.

For the ho­tel/mo­tel tax, the city saw a 10.45 per­cent in­crease from 2016 to 2017 for the month of Septem­ber. This came on the heels of a 78.69 per­cent in­crease for Au­gust from 2016 to 2017 - much of which is dic­tated by the foot­ball sched­ule of Mis­sis­sippi State Uni­ver­sity, with two home foot­ball games played in Septem­ber.

The foot­ball tourism boost for ho­tel/mo­tel tax rev­enue is likely to con­tinue as foot­ball sea­son moves on with two home foot­ball games played in Oc­to­ber and three sched­uled in the month of Novem­ber.

While foot­ball sea­son has brought a uptick in rev­enue for lo­cal tourism, March still proves to be the best month in 2017, with a 178.71 per­cent in­crease from the pre­vi­ous year.

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