4Q Sales Tax Revenue Up, Surpasses City Budget Estimates

With a 6.31 percent increase in fourth quarter sales tax revenues, city officials exceeded the budgeted estimate.

On Monday during the Jamestown City Council work session meeting, Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 councilman, discussed sales tax revenues for the last quarter of 2017. City officials received $1,527,985 during the fourth quarter, which was $90,719, or 6.31 percent, greater than what they received in 2016.

Because of the improved revenues received, city officials surpassed their budgeted estimate of $6 million. In 2017, city officials received $6,109,548, which was 1.83 percent greater than expected.

This was the first time in four years city officials received more sales tax revenue than budgeted. In 2016, sales tax revenues were 1.91 percent lower than estimated. The 2017 sales tax numbers were 3.98 percent greater than in 2016, with an increase of $233,923.

Joseph Bellitto, city comptroller, said they expect first quarter sales tax revenue information around May 1.

In other business, the council discussed the bids received to paint sections of Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park. Jeff Lehman, city public works director, said the lowest bid they received was for $25,300 from Long Island Enterprise. If the bid is approved by the council, Lehman said the underside of the grandstand, railings and metal columns will be painted.

City officials received no bids for the request for proposals they submitted for Jamestown Municipal Building cleaning services. Lehman said because they received no bid, they will continue to work with their current cleaner, Support Enterprises, while they submit another request for proposals. Support Enterprises is a division of The Resource Center.

City officials also discussed the recommendation from Mercury Associates, who created a fleet management report on how to more efficiently use city-owned vehicles and equipment.

The recommendation dealt with the management structure, which Mercury proposed would be more efficient if the fleet manager, Patrick Monaghan, works directly under the public works director instead of the maintenance manager.