Dothan shows a 7.6 percent increase in the city's sales tax revenue collections for March. After two years of consistent month after month negative numbers city officials are breathing a sigh of relief.
"It was excellent, we were finally proud to get some good news," said Mayor Mike West.
"Well obviously after the last 24 months with us being down 20 months of the 24 to start March with an old cliché bang and have a good growth month is obviously very positive," said West
Dothan saw a 7 percent increase in general sales, 14.9 percent jump in automotive tax. Lodging reported the largest increase at 23.9 and machines and manufacturing came in at 16.3 percent over budget....the only loss is from farming and agriculture...which 26.5 was percent below expectation was.
The city does not plan to increase spending...until the revenue increases consistently
"We're still waiting to see what happens. One month does not make a year and as you know we have been down for close to 24 months so hopefully the trend means we are going up and that means we can continue with what we got going," said Mayor Schmitz.