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River Region's sales tax revenue increases

Barbara Knight says business is blooming at the store where she works. Barbara Knight says business is blooming at the store where she works.
WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) -

At Austin's Flowers and Gifts shop in Wetumpka, Barbara Knight has cut away any bad memories of the economy in recent years, thanks to what seems to be a clear focus in consumer confidence.

People are opening their wallets and purses a little more. Knight says businesses at the shop is up 8% over this same period in 2012.

"I'm a little surprised because for so long people just didn't spend. Now we're getting a lot of walk-ins," Knight explained.

Knight is not alone. The city of Wetumpka tells WSFA 12 News its sales tax revenues after the first fiscal quarter were up 8%, too, much of that due to the expansion of the casino in town.

Prattville and Millbrook are reporting similar results but not nearly as dramatic. Both cities show a better than 1% increase in sales tax numbers.

Knight is careful to say she doesn't speak for the entire business community but it just feels like things are improving a bit.

Montgomery ended its first fiscal quarter up more than 2%.

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