PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) — The Mississippi Department of Revenue said Pontotoc County pulled in almost $206,000 in sales tax revenue in October 2012.
That's at least $2,000 higher than what was collected in September 2012 and in October 2011.
It's good news for municipalities.
"Our sales tax revenue is always less than New Albany. You have to realize New Albany has a few more hotels and Highway 78. We're excited about our sales tax," said Pontotoc Mayor Jeff Stafford.
Of course, sales tax revenue can be considered a good thing for counties as many of the services provided to the citizens come from that money collected.
However, when it comes to business, it depends on the perspective of the business owner.
Carl Wood sells pizza at his restaurant.
"It is affecting my business with the customers and everybody coming in. I can see it hitting their wallets as well," said Wood. "I mean, when I first opened, I had customers coming in every other day. And now, they're coming in once a month."
As a restaurant owner, Wood also pays a food tax.
On the other hand, right across the street from the restaurant is a gift shop where Paulette Reese has run her business for many years. She, like Wood, is not thrilled with sales taxes but understands the necessity.
"I feel good. It's good for our city and our county, you know, as far as the sales tax," said Reese.
One local citizen said she does not mind paying as long as the money goes toward improvements.
"Well, I hope it can improve the area and improve the roads," said April Hester of Pontotoc.
Mayor Stafford said Pontotoc fared well in sales tax revenue in comparison to other North Mississippi cities.