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Montgomery and Pike Road sales tax numbers go opposite directions

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Pike Road saw a nearly 7 percent growth in sales tax revenue over January 2013. Pike Road saw a nearly 7 percent growth in sales tax revenue over January 2013.
The city of Montgomery saw a 2 percent drop from January 2013. The city of Montgomery saw a 2 percent drop from January 2013.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

It's a tale of two cities in the latest sales tax reports for Montgomery and Pike Road.

The numbers are in for January and they're not very consistent from city to city when compared to this time last year.

Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone has a good reason to celebrate. His town saw a nearly 7 percent growth in sales tax revenue over January 2013.

For Stone it's a sign of steady progress for Pike Road.

"It's an off-shoot of all of that positive energy that we've had for the last decade," Stone said. "Because of the growth we've seen in our residential area, we've seen sales tax numbers move in a positive direction."

But the City of Montgomery's numbers took a hit.

City of Montgomery Director of Public Information & External Affairs Michael Briddell blames the city's 2 percent drop on the weather that shut the city down for days. 

The City of Montgomery is confident  it will make up for the drop over the course of the fiscal year and general consumer practices will overcome the loss by Sept. 31

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