The holiday season was a plentiful one for Osage Beach, according to recently released sales tax revenue figures.


The holiday season was a plentiful one for Osage Beach, according to recently released sales tax revenue figures.

“Because people were buying things for the holidays and we had nicer weather, the numbers were much higher than we expected,” Osage Beach City Administrator Nancy Viselli said.

The January report, which reflects figures from November sales, shows a 15.4 percent increase in sales tax proceeds from the year before.

This turned out to be a pleasant surprise for the city, Viselli said, especially since the sales tax revenue projections were about $73,000 less than what was actually taken in.

Project revenues are an estimate made based on the actual revenues from the past five years.

Viselli said the projected revenue was low due to the current trends in the economy.

Viselli said this spike could be attributed to many factors, including the holidays past and upcoming.

“Then, of course, we had Black Friday,” she added. “All of those things increased sales.”

The February sales tax revenue report, which will reflect revenues earned in December, will be released in the next few weeks. Viselli said she expects this report to have positive news also, which would indicate a good start leading into 2010.

“If next month is good, we should be set well for the beginning of the year,” she said.