Wiregrass Newsroom: Dothan Economy Fairing Well in tough Times

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Dothan, Ala. (WSFA) - We've heard it time and time again.

The economy is struggling, there's a global financial crisis, but despite that news one wiregrass city is still moving at a steady pace.

As parts of the country face tough economic times, the city of Dothan says it's fairing well.

City officials say a good beginning to their last fiscal year has helped them ride through these rough financial times.

It's mostly been on the back of the city's sales tax collections however, during the last three months of the fiscal year the city did not collect what it did the previous year.

"We were under budget by about $600,000 but overall I think we're around $500,000," said Mike West, city manager of Dothan.

West says money that comes into the sales tax is from people who live out of town; however it's also very dependent on spending.

"It is probably the tax that is most dependent upon the economy and obviously there are discussions about problems and problems internationally," said West.

Even with those problems, West highlighted that Dothan is still growing.

Out of town developers are renovating Northside Mall; another group is building a major shopping center on Dothan's east side, and continued growth in downtown.

"We've got some things going on here that as soon as we get past this bubble hopefully things will take off again," said West.

However, officials say they still remain cautious.

The city said that in the month of September it had an increase in number of building permits issued for residential and commercial projects.