Sales Tax Revenue Surplus Supports Florence Schools Budget

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FLORENCE, Ala.  (WHNT)  - The City of Florence gets a big boost to their budget.  Spending drove up tax revenues which add more than $650,000 worth of unexpected money to the budget.

According to the Florence city treasurer, Dan Barger, people started spending more money in the area, leaving the city to cash in on the profits with sales tax revenue up by four percent.

“I'm glad they are spending their money, especially in small communities like this, spending money in their own way to help support their community,” said Florence resident, Dan Dare.

Dare and his wife Yvonne are just one couple helping the area economy.   They spent the evening shopping and eating downtown.  The Dare’s say their efforts come as a surprise and so does the extra money.

“In a world where so many cities are going under and there is no money, to actually have money that no one else does, is actually a pretty good thing,” said Yvonne.

A look at the budget amendment shows nearly $200,000 will go back to the Florence Board of Education. 

“I think it`s a great thing, I just wonder if it’s enough,” said Yvonne.  “The schools could use everything they get.  We have teachers buying supplies for kids who can`t afford it and that`s not fair to them because they don`t get reimbursed for it.”

“It seems like we keep pulling away from them and away from them, so if we can add something back, very beneficial,” added her husband, Dan.

The city treasurer says more than half of all the General Fund, comes from sales tax revenues.

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