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The City of Maricopa collected about $200,000 more in April sales tax than it did a year ago, according to state numbers.

Also, thanks to a major rise in contracting and increased transactions in most other areas, the city took in $300,000 more in April than it did in March. The transaction privilege tax (commonly called sales tax) numbers were released by the Arizona Department of Revenue.

Overall, Maricopa is $2 million ahead of last fiscal year at this time. The city has collected more than $1 million each month of this fiscal year. Increased collections are seen as an indication of business growth.

Contracting due to construction hit its highest number since October. Sales tax from retail in April was over $389,000, its highest point since January 2018.

Retail has been boosted by more new stores coming on line this year. The same is true in the restaurants-and-bars category, which had its highest sales tax collection of the fiscal year at $107,000.

(MRRA=maintenance, repair, replacement, alteration)

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A five-bedroom home in Rancho El Dorado was the most expensive home sold in Maricopa from mid-July to mid-August.

The most expensive home sold in Maricopa between July 16 and Aug. 14 is a two-story house that went for $360,000, about $25,000 under its asking price. A lot of work went into a luxury backyard that includes a private swimming pool, swim-up bar, playground, sport court and a ramada with an outdoor kitchen.

43204 W. Oakland Court

Date sold: Aug. 3
Purchase price: $360,000
Square feet: 3,274
Price per square foot: $109.95
Days on market: 69
Builder: Engle
Year built: 2002
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Community: Rancho El Dorado
Features: Swimming pool, playground, outdoor kitchen, lots of upgrades inside, front patio, spiral staircase.
Seller’s agent: Pam J. Rives, HomeSmart
Buyer’s agent: Timothy A. Moe, West USA Realty

This article appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.