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Enterprise sales tax revenue up despite shutdown

Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 9:15 PM CDT
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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) --

The shutdown caused by COVID-19 has affected nearly all economies.

There is some good news for one local Wiregrass city.

Enterprise, The City of Progress received their sales tax revenue report for the month of April.

"The fact that we went through a retail shut down and did not see a decline in sales tax revenue is a really big deal," said Board Chairman of Main Street Enterprise Chad Wester.

Many cities saw a significant loss compared to this time last year, but not Enterprise.

"Our local businesses as well as our people have suffered in some instances but looking on the brighter side, we are far better than a lot of cities around us," said Enterprise Mayor Bill Cooper.

Many businesses have changed drastically, working with little to no staff, some even launching websites for the first time.

"They got outside the box and between that getting outside the box and the fact that our folks in the county were really receptive to that really is what attributes to the fact that we did see a sustained revenue in the month of April," Wester explained.

Both Mayor Cooper and Wester credit the citizens for committing to shopping local, but this was more than just Enterprise.

"With Fort Rucker being at our doorstep, that also made a difference and then Enterprise being in a hub, people from the surrounding areas came here to shop so that made a big difference for us."

The city’s sales tax revenue has been higher every month compared to last fiscal year.

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