ZILLAH, Wash. - The second quarter of this year proves profitable for the City of Zillah, taxable retail sales jumped a whopping 90%. City officials credit several projects in Zillah, including construction on Second Avenue, the waste treatment plant upgrade, and a couple of school improvement projects.
The increase could be just a one-time surge, so the city isn't preparing to make any major changes just yet, like adding staff. Zillah Mayor Gary Clark says, "We've had a lot of contracts go out this year, so it's been a real boost in the arm."
Clark isn't sure what the money will be spent on, but it'll likely be a one-time purchase like another truck for public works. Clark says bigger changes are coming, because other major construction projects like the Zillah Lakes development are in the works.
"That means more property taxes, which could mean more police officers because we're expanding city limits. And more public works, because we have a larger area than we had in the past." says Clark.
A couple of other notable changes in taxable retail sales for other local cities: Tieton saw a 55%decrease in sales during the second quarter of this year. Harrah dropped significantly too, down about 29%. Sunnyside saw a significant increase, of about 19%.