- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Campbell County officials say sales tax figures are down an average of 52 percent for the first two months of the fiscal year compared to last year.

The Gillette News Record reports (http://bit.ly/1KpTIgP ) that in July 2014, the county took in $8.4 million in sales tax compared to this July’s $3.7 million. The city of Gillette has also seen a drop. July 2015’s tax collection for the city was 33 percent smaller than July 2014, with only $3.6 million compared to $7.4 million.

County Commissioner Mark Christensen says a major factor in the change is the slowdown of the energy industry. He says Campbell County’s sales tax revenue comes primarily from purchases like haul trucks or large gas compressors.

Officials say last year’s sales tax figures were higher than usual.

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Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com

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