Sales tax collections in Monticello and Drew County increased in May, compared to the previous year, according to the Monticello Economic Development Commission.

County sales taxes collected totaled $548.822, up from $531.071 in May 2023.

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The Advance Monticellonian newspaper reported that the City of Monticello collected $260,608 in May compared to $248,000 in May 2023.

Also, lottery sales in Drew County were 413,000 in May.

The Commission reported that unemployment in Drew County was 3.9 percent with 7,364 out of the 7,663 in the labor force being employed.

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The newspaper reported that retiring Drew Central School Superintendent Kimberly Barnes was presented a Certificate of Recognition for the seven years she spent as a member of the commission.