Deer Parkâ€™s taxable retail sales continue to take a sharp dip, according to statistics supplied by the Department of Revenue.
According to Department of Revenue statistics, Deer Park generated $16 million in retail sales from April-June 2011 as compared to $18.2 million for the same period in 2010, an 11.9 percent drop.
Deer Parkâ€™s recent downspin followed a 32 percent drop in the second quarter of 2010 as compared to the second quarter of 2009.
Springdaleâ€™s retail sales dropped 26.7 percent from $717,452 to $525,420.
Spokane County recorded a 6.8 percent increase ($242.2 million to $258.7 million) while Stevens County showed a .9 percent drop ($26.2 million to $26.4 million). Statewide, taxable retail sales rose by 2.9 percent to $25.6 billion in this yearâ€™s second quarter.
State officials blamed a slow construction market for the weakness in retail sales.
Deer Park taxable retail trade, a subset of retail sales that does not include services and construction, fell by 5.9 percent in the second quarter of 2011 ($8.9 million to $8.4 million).
The drop in sales also meant a drop in the share of funds the city receives in sales tax revenue.
The city received $130,373 in the second quarter of 2011 compared to $148,759 in the second quarter of 2010. The city received $370,125 in the second quarter in 2009 and $269,485 in 2008.
City Clerk-Treasurer Deby Cragun said city officials are not too concerned with the revenue loss since the 2011 budget includes low estimates in sales tax funds.
Springdaleâ€™s retail trade decreased by 15.2 percent (from $414,804 to $351,720) during 2010â€™s second quarter. Spokane Countyâ€™s rose 12.5 percent ($80.3 million to $90.3) and Stevens Countyâ€™s jumped 3.9 percent ($8.5 million to $8.8 million). The statewide increase was 3.7 percent.