The sales tax figures for August are in and the city of Mineola increased it’s monthly sales tax collection by $12,810. This equates to better than a 12% increase over August of last year. These figures are disseminated from the State Comptroller’s office and are issued 45 days after the actual collection period, which is why we get August’s figures in October.
This is at least partially attributable to the decision of the voters of Mineola to allow the sale of beer and wine in the town. On a related note, October 8th, 2011 was the Mineola Gypsy Market. This year’s Gypsy Market was the first ever event in downtown Mineola that offered beer for sale. All TABC and local laws and ordinances were followed and not one single alcohol-related event was reported during the Gypsy Market.
DUI and other alcohol-related crimes in the city of Mineola remain on a decline over comparable periods in 2010.