Jonesboro-area tax collections down in icy weather

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Government officials in the Jonesboro area say icy weather during January is likely to blame for lower-than-expected sales tax collections.

Craighead County officials say their sales tax revenues were off by 1.82 percent, when compared to January 2013. Inside the city of Jonesboro, sales tax collections were off 2.65 percent.

Temperatures fell into the single-digits for part of the month. County Treasurer Terry McNatt and Jonesboro Chief Financial Officer Ben Barylske say that likely contributed to a downturn in revenue.

February's weather was bad, too. The finance officers told the Jonesboro Sun newspaper that sales tax revenue will likely be down for last month.

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