While numbers are down statewide, Catoosa County, Georgia., has 'best month ever' financially

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With tourism and retail largely continuing to feel the financial fallout from the novel coronavirus, sales tax revenue is down about 6% statewide, but not in Catoosa County, according to Chief Financial Officer Carol Roberts.

In her most recent report to the Board of Commissioners, she reported that local option sales tax collections are actually up nearly 6% when compared to last year.

"Carol thought we'd be down but we had our best month ever," Commission Chair Steven Henry told the board during their July 7 meeting.

The collection for June, which comes from May receipts, was roughly $95,000 more than the month prior and $88,000 more than last year's June total, said Roberts.

"Probably the biggest hit would've been in like Savannah, for instance, because of hotels and restaurants," she said of the statewide trend.