Figures released late Wednesday by the City of Gilroy indicate an upward trend in business activity in Gilroy.
According to the official documents, Gilroy saw a 2.3 percent increase in sales tax revenue in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter in 2011.
“Gilroy sales tax revenues began recovering quicker than those in many other cities in the region as a result of our strong retail base, and this positive trend continues," City Administrator Tom Haglund said. "Additionally, we have experienced fewer dramatic up and down swings, than those of some other cities in Santa Clara County.”
Sales tax revenues for the quarter topped $3 million, and increased by almost $67,000 from 2011.
It's no surprise that the biggest contributor to sales tax in Gilroy is apparel stores, given the successful outlet stores that operate in the city. Vehicle sales also contributed to the spike in sales tax revenue.
"Sales tax supports city services such as recreation, streets, landscaping, and public safety," Gilroy Public Information Officer said in a prepared statement.
Elsewhere in the county, other cities are showing similar growth. Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale grew sales tax revenues by similar margins. Monte Sereno saw a massive 133 percent spike in sales tax revenue, and Los Gatos took the biggest hit at -21.7 percent.
See the list of Gilroy's top 25 sales tax contributors below:
Gilroy Gas & Mini-Mart
J.N. Abbot Distributors
Nike Factory Store
Polo Ralph Lauren
Rotten Robbie Service
See Grins RV
South County Chrysler-Plymouth
South County Nissan
The Garlic Farm Travel Center
TV's Gas and Food Mart