By Lisa Voyles/Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON – As national figures show the economy is still on a slow climb upward, local statistics are showing signs of promise.
The City of Houston posted an increase in sales tax diversion for the seventh straight month over the 2010 figures.
Houston’s November diversion, based on October collections was $85,953, an increase of $7,098 over the same time period in 2010. Since the fiscal year began in July, Houston has shown a year-to-date increase of $24,131 over 2010.
Okolona came in at $23,154, an increase of $1,468 over last year and an increase or $5,200 year-to-date over 2010.
The Town of Houlka got a nice boost in November diversions, showing an increase of $1,194 over the same time period in 2010. The community is still behind on year-to-date comparison but extremely close matching 2010 numbers. Houlka is running only $35 behind the 2010 year-to-date figures.
The Town of Vardaman showed a $713 increase in November diversions over 2010 and a $2,041 increase from 2010 year-to-date.
The little Town of Woodland is still struggling and feeling the effects of a down economy mixed with a limited tax base.
Woodland showed a decline of $1,648 in November 2011 compared with November 2010. The town is $4,619 behind in year-to-date from 2010 as well.
In the surrounding areas, Aberdeen and Pontotoc both show increases in November diversions and year-to-date collections. Calhoun City had an increase of $1,919 in November from 2010 to 2011, but is still behind $3,767 in year-to-date collections.