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Sales tax revenues up, impact of beer, wine sales to show later

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Wednesday, the City of Tyler sales tax revenue report showed little insight into the impact beer and wine sales will have on sales tax profits.

Wednesday's sales tax numbers showed revenue for December. Because beer and wine sales only contributed to the last four days of the December sales tax revenue report, it'll still be some time before solid conclusions are drawn.

December 28th was the first time beer and wine was sold within the city limits for off premise consumption.

In December 2011, the city received $3,887,421.02 from their sales tax revenues.

This year, with beer and wine sales, the city received $3,953,117.15 in sales tax revenue. That's an increase of 1.67 percent or $65,696.13.

The percent increase was 1.6, almost exactly the same, when comparing November 2011 sales tax revenues to November 2012:

November 2011: $2,688,692.39  

November 2012: $2,734,103.93

Regardless of beer and wine sales, the city has seen an upward trend in sales tax revenues for several months and the numbers reported reflect that. However, as the months pass, we're expected see a much more significant increase in tax revenue, attributed to beer and wine sales.

"I would think that the increases in Tyler and precinct 2 would be more in the 10-15% range," says Tyler Chamber of Commerce President Tom Mullins.

"Matter of fact, the discussions that I've had with retailers all over Tyler and in precinct 2 say that sales are much more brisk than anticipated," says Buy Local First Treasurer Bob Westbook.

A more complete picture of the increase in sales tax revenues should be available in March when the sales tax revenue numbers for January are available.

An increase in alcohol related crimes was a major concern of people opposing the beer and wine referendum in Tyler. Based on a very small sample of data, Tyler Police have seen the following statistics regarding alcohol related crimes since beer/wine sales began in the city:

DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)

Jan 2012- 28

Jan 2013- 19

PI (Public Intoxication)

Jan 2012- 32

Jan 2013- 19

Intoxication Assault

Jan 2012- 1

Jan 2013- 0

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