By Jeff Shultz
Despite the pandemic and a spiraling oil and gas industry, Pauls Valley and Maysville fared well in May, according to sales tax figures released by the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
The July sales tax report represented local tax receipts from May business.
Pauls Valley’s disbursement of sales tax revenues was $17,440.61 more than what was collected for the same period last year.
“I was pleasantly surprised,” said PV City Manager James Frizell. “It’s the best July sales tax report we’ve had in years.”
Frizell said he attributed the good report to the fact that most residents were staying home due to the pandemic.
“They weren’t going out of town to shop. They stayed here and did most of their shopping in Pauls Valley,” he said.
The disbursement in Maysville was $6,077.12 higher than in the same reporting period in 2019.
Shonda Powell, manager for the Super C grocery store in Maysville, said May was a busy month for her and the store.
“A lot of residents in Maysville stayed home, and we had a big increase in business,” she said.
Other towns in the county showing an increase were Paoli and Stratford. Stratford recorded an $1,381.40 increase from last year while Paoli was $1,015.68 above last year’s report.
Lindsay, however, saw a decrease from last year’s numbers, posting a $20,703.11 decline in sales tax revenues for the month of May.