CASA GRANDE — Casa Grande’s winter visitors definitely bring a bang to the city’s economy.
Four years of city sales tax collections, dating from fiscal year 2015 to fiscal year 2019, show a regular increase in revenue usually starting sometime in August that continues to climb until about March, with a bit of a dip in December.
The city of Casa Grande’s fiscal year runs from July 1 of one year to June 30 of the next year.
“There are many businesses that benefit from an uptick in business during the winter,” said Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce President Renee Louzon-Benn. “But all of our businesses strive to meet the needs of all of our residents all year long.”
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John Rooney, who has owned and operated Adventures in Stained Glass for the last 18 years, confirmed that business in the historic downtown of Casa Grande usually starts to pick up when the town’s winter visitors arrive sometime around the end of August and the beginning of September.
“Summer is usually pretty dead around here,” he said. Rooney said the gallery sees a lot more visitors and sales during the winter months.
“There’s always a bit of a lull in December when they go home for the holidays, but then it picks back up in January,” he said.
Last year’s city sales tax collections show a gradual increase in sales tax revenues from $1,516,553.02 in the August 2019 report to a peak of $2,585,717.3 in the December report. The reports reflect the previous month’s sales tax revenues, therefore August report shows how much sales tax revenue was collected in July. The revenues then dip to $2,021,235.57 in the January report and again to $1,974,453.32 in the February report before starting to climb again to $2,348,364.13 in the March report.
The sales tax reports also show a gradual increase in the total yearly amount of sales tax revenue the city has collected over the last few years, with the exception of a dip in revenue in 2016. The revenues have grown from $21,821,428.09 in 2015 to $24,522,387.64 in 2019.