The holiday shopping season kicked off in November, with boosted sales tax collections across the upper Verde Valley compared to the same month in 2012.
Clarkdale more than doubled its dollars collected from retail trade. Like Cottonwood's rebounding Old Town, new businesses have started to open up in the Clarkdale town center.
New zoning rules approved by Mayor Doug Von Gausig and his fellow councilmembers in 2013 removed barriers for entrepreneurs looking to locate in Clarkdale, making it possible to procure a liquor license near the area's historic churches.
"The newly-zoned entertainment district in downtown Clarkdale is opening up so many new possibilities that will attract people to our town," Von Gausig said.
Sales tax collections in Clarkdale have been down drastically since construction dollars from Yavapai College improvements stopped coming in. In November, however, services as well as retail and wholesale trade increased enough to bring the town within 3 percent of where it was last year.
Jerome had an overall increase in sales tax collections as well, with an almost 17-percent increase in retail trade.
Camp Verde showed the next highest retail improvement at nearly 8 percent increase.
Cottonwood showed the least growth in retail at a little more than 3 percent, but was the only one of four to show an uptick in construction dollars.
Continuing a trend that began in October, new business construction was the major contributor to the city collecting more than $28,900 in November 2012, and nearly $62,400 in 2013.
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