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Sales Tax Figures Down In Mitchell

First and second penny sales tax in Mitchell is down about 1.5 percent from last year.  City Finance Officer Marilyn Wilson says the decrease was not surprising.  Sales tax was up about nine percent from 2011 to 2012 due, in part, to a May 2012 hailstorm which created numerous construction projects in the area.  Colder weather this past spring may have also contributed to the decrease.  Wilson expects the number to rebound during the second half of 2013 with positive tourism projections and increased housing construction this summer.  Third penny sales tax was up slightly over last year.

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