The updated numbers pertain to revenue generated throughout May, when a number of businesses, including bars and gyms, reopened under orders issued by Gov. Greg Abbott.
While several municipalities experienced year-over-year decreases in May, the drop was generally less drastic than in recent months.
West Lake Hills experienced a 14% decrease, a slight improvement from the 20.54% drop seen in April.
“While it’s still not good news, it’s a little better than the one before,” City Administrator Travis Askey said during a June 8 City Council meeting.
In contrast, the city of Lakeway saw an uptick in revenue when compared to the same time frame last year. Sales tax payments reached jumped 8.55% in May, a sharp departure from the 13.67% drop seen in April.
Despite the improvements, Lakeway City Manager Julie Oakley said she would be emphasizing a conservative approach during preliminary budget discussions for fiscal year 2020-21.
"I think through next budget season, we're still going to see some effects [of the pandemic]," Oakley said during a July 7 council meeting. "My general advice for uncertain times is to take flight toward conservatism."
How sales tax numbers have changed since March