Walmart closure causes sales tax spike

Also, city asks residents to keep other materials out of leaf piles

CLINTON — Sales tax revenue was up about $2,000 in July, commissioner Tom Edmunds reported on Monday, but that was mostly due to the Walmart closure.  He said that, next month, the city would know the revenue results post-Walmart closure.

“Of course, Walmart had big sales, a pretty good percentage off getting rid of their inventory,” Edmunds said.  “Both types of our sales tax actually had an increase of slightly less than $2,000.”

Walmart announced in June that its Clinton store would close at the end of July after more than 30 years in business.  The move was part of Walmart’s elimination of its smallest stores around the country.

Clinton Walmart Store 487 was the smallest Walmart in Illinois.

In other business during the city council’s Monday meeting, commissioner Nan Crang said both city leaf vacs were out working.  Public works supervisor Steve Lobb said workers were out using the vacuum trucks to pick up leaves around town.  He said rains could slow the process because the truck is unable to vacuum up saturated leaves.

He also urged residents to not mix other yard waste in with their leaf piles, particularly brush.

“Those machines are set up for leaves,” Lobb said.

Lobb said if workers don’t see other material mixed in with leaves, it could damage the vacuums.

“Or, at the minimum, it could plug it up, and that just costs time.”

The council also approved a minor subdivision plat for the Dian Peck addition, located on W. State Route 54.


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