Perryville sees a surprising benefit from the pandemic

Updated: Oct. 20, 2020 at 9:13 PM CDT
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PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KFVS) - The pandemic is having an unusual effect on the City of Perryville, Missouri.

Perryville City Administrator Brent Buerck says by the looks of their sales tax receipts; there have been some good months.

Right now, the city’s sales tax is up by six percent more than last year.

“We’re seeing our general revenue up by about $50,000 year to date compared to where we were last year,” he said.

Buerck believes COVID-19 is the reason.

“We think over the COVID-19 process there’s been less vacations and more at home projects there’s been less eating out and more groceries,” he said.

He explained, “It pays for things like general revenue so city hall, police and fire departments and parks.”

Over at Buchheit, Jared Hotop says they’ve seen proof in the foot traffic in their store.

“We’ve seen an uptick this year in our store,” he said.

Hotop said this trend is surprising especially, with the uncertainty at the beginning of the pandemic.

“It’s great for us we really tried to promote safe shopping, online shopping ,and we can accommodate people,” he said.

An increase in sales tax revenue is playing out at other cities in the Heartland at a time when many thought COVID-19 would have a negative effect on municipal budgets.

Back at Perryville City Hall, Buerck said although the sales tax percent increases vary monthly, he’s hoping this continues.

“We’re making it,” he said.

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