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Commerce Sees Increase In Sales Tax, Property Tax Revenue In '19-'20 Despite Coronavirus


CommerceMayor Wyman Williams says the City Council received a report from Acting City Manager Ned Muse that the city actually saw an increase in sales-tax and property tax revenue during the 2019-20 fiscal year, just ended, despite the coronavirus lockdowns.  One reason is a new state law that allows cities to receive sales taxes from online purchases. 

The council this week adopted the budget for 2020-21, which includes a pay increase for city employees.  A public hearing on the proposed tax rate will take place via Zoom at 6 p.m. Friday.  The mayor says the tax rate is expected to remain the same for the 12th year in a row.

John Mark Dempsey is the host of the public interest program The Blacklands Café from KETR News. Dempsey is also the play-by-play announcer for Commerce Tigers Football on 88.9 FM and on ketr.org.
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