The over-year growth in sales-tax collections is showing positive results for Phoenix.
City officials said April sales-tax collections were up 1.7 percent compared with the same month last year, rising from $29.2 million to $29.7 million.
May collections were up about 0.7 percent compared with May 2009, rising from $27.9 million to $28.1 million. The figures do not include revenue from the city's recently enacted food tax.
The 2-cents-per-dollar tax on food went into effect April 1. Phoenix collected about $3.34 million in food taxes for the first month. City officials add it's too soon to tell whether the revenue is on track with projections.
The City Council is close to adopting its final budget for fiscal 2010-2011 of $1.01 billion. The spending plan is $79.2 million, or 7.2 percent, less than it was five years ago.