JOPLIN, MO.--- The City of Joplin sees a major increase in sales tax revenue. Comparing this month to May 2013, proceeds were up by 42%, that's a jump of nearly $900,000. It brings the year to date total from a 2% decrease to a 3% increase. Workers say it's unusual to see a double digit change, let alone one of this size.
"We've had some large months, months where it will be up 20% and then the next month it will be down roughly about the same amount. But this is a large amount, probably the largest i've ever seen," said Leslie Haase, Joplin Finance Director.
Workers add, other communities have seen similar increases this month, and that it's possible it's connected to issues at the state level.
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