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County sales tax revenue up from last year

Fluvanna’s sales tax revenue is up slightly from last year, according to a report released Thursday (Dec. 28) by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The report analyzed data from January through September 2017 and compared it to data from the first three quarters of 2016.

Fluvanna County keeps 1 percent of the 5.3 percent sales tax shoppers pay within its borders. During the first three quarters of 2017, Fluvanna brought in $1,255,521 – up 1.72 percent from the same months in 2016, which brought in $1,234,297.

Data for the final three months of 2017 is not yet available.

Matching or surpassing the county’s sales tax revenue for the whole of 2016 would be good for Fluvanna, as 2016 was a banner year. Sales tax revenue hit $1,636,036 in all of 2016 – an increase of nearly 14 percent over 2015, which generated $1,435,659.

Several of the months in the first three quarters of 2017 were similar to their counterparts in 2016, but two months in particular stood out.

March sales tax revenue leapt 34.14 percent to $181,095 as compared to $135,002 for the same month in 2016. In contrast, sales tax for September plummeted by 25.1 percent to $135,887 as compared to $181,424 for the same month in 2016.

“There are more retail businesses in Fluvanna in 2017 than there were in 2016,” said Rudy Garcia, president of the Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce. “Taking a look at what events might have been happening in the county could give an indication of high or low sales, but can’t be considered causal without further study.”

Fluvanna was not the only county to experience a retail sales boost in the first three quarters of 2017 as compared to the same time period in 2016. Albemarle’s numbers grew by nearly 8 percent, Augusta County went up by 2.95 percent, and Louisa County saw a 1.12 percent increase.

The city of Charlottesville, by contrast, saw a decline in retail sales of 4.13 percent, and the city of Waynesboro experienced a 2.34 decrease. Greene County went down by 4.6 percent.

Overall, retail sales in the Albemarle-Charlottesville hub have increased 2.7 percent, according to the report.

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce has reported quarterly retail sales activity in the region since 2008, according to the report.