Columbia sees decrease in sales tax revenue amid pandemic

The city of Columbia reported about $1.7 million in sales tax revenue for August. Although that was slightly higher than the same month in previous years, up from $1.4 million in 2019 and $1.5 million in 2018, Columbia has seen a decrease in sales tax revenue this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city issued a stay-at-home order March 24, which limited nonessential businesses from operating as usual. Restaurants and food establishments were only allowed to provide pick-up, drive-through and delivery services.

The city reported about $2.1 million in sales tax revenue for March, a drop from about $2.3 million in 2019 and about $2.5 million in 2018. Since January, the city has made about $17.6 million in sales tax revenue.

City Manager John Glascock’s proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year calls for the elimination of 78.5 full-time positions and significant budget cuts that affect general fund departments and the city’s utilities.


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