Aberdeen budget

Sales tax collection in the city of Aberdeen is down 16 percent from this same time period in 2012, a new report from Aberdeen Finance Director Kathryn Skolrood shows.

The Budget Status Report shows that for the month of March, sales tax collections were down 3 percent from the same period last year.

“This is primarily due to the changes with the two large construction projects that were wrapping up in 2012,” Skolrood said. “Budget amounts by month are results of a five-year average of monthly collections. With that in mind, March collections were 1 percent higher than projected, but on a year to date basis, the collections are running 6.5 percent lower than projections.”

Skolrood said that if the state Legislature provides funding to Grays Harbor College for its new building, plus if Walmart does its expansion, those are two items that could help-off-set the budget losses.