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Ripon sales tax roaring back

Transactions surge 29.1% in 3rd quarter comparisons

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Ripon sales tax roaring back

Retail sales are improving in Ripon including in the downtown district.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED January 14, 2013 12:08 a.m.

The next time you see a Ripon Police officer you might want to think about thanking a trucker.

That’s because California is on the move again and truckers are buying more diesel fuel. It has played perfectly into Ripon’s civic leaders’ strategy of snaring truckers who want to refuel both their rigs and their stomachs with the development of three truck stops at Jack Tone Road and Highway 99.

The City of Ripon’s taxable sales soared 29.1 percent in the third quarter of last year. They went from $41.3 million in April, May and June of 2010 to $53.39 million in the same three months of 2011. The $12 million increase translates into $120,000 additional sales tax receipts for Ripon’s general fund.

The general fund is what pays for day-to-day municipal services such as police, parks, streets, and general government. Sales and property taxes are the biggest sources of general fund revenue.

It was the second quarter in a row that Ripon has led the South County in sales tax resurgence.

Ripon’s taxable sales shot up 30.7 percent in the second quarter of last year. That reflects a gain of $21.1 million in taxable sales that translates into $121,000 more in tax receipts for the city’s general fund.

The sales tax data compiled by the state Board of Equalization was released last week. Due to the auditing required and various temporary holds on local sales tax receipts engineered in earlier efforts by the California Legislature to balance the state budget, it can take close to 18 months for final sales tax figures to be released.

The third quarter 2011 figures do not reflect additional Ripon retailers that have opened recently including Dollar General.

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