|Mayor Bill Jenks, III|
This year’s holiday season started a little early from a shopping standpoint, but for many the Rolla Christmas Parade (Dec. 1) also seems to help kick off the Christmas holidays. And the lighted stars along the 10th Street Bridge and Bishop Avenue remind us the holidays are upon us.
In case you missed seeing Santa at the Rolla Christmas Parade on Saturday, he will also be making a guest appearances for individual and family photos at The Centre, (located at 1200 North Holloway Street), on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Collins Photography will be available to take professional pictures with packages at various prices. A beautiful holiday backdrop will be provided for the photo session next to the fireplace at The Centre. For more information, please call The Centre at 341-2386.
Be sure to also check out the beautiful Christmas in the Park Light Display in Lions Club Park (located on State Route 63 South), which will be open from Dec. 14 through Dec. 22. The annual event is hosted by the Rolla Lioness Club and features displays from over 50 organizations, businesses and churches. Admission to this expansive Christmas light extravaganza is free, and donations are accepted to support scholarships for students in the local area. Hours are Sunday thru Thursday from 6-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6-10 p.m. To inquire about putting up a light display, please call the Rolla Lions Club at 364-4386.
The retail stores, shops and restaurants seem to be getting a lot of traffic this holiday season. Sales tax revenues for the City are up 21.7% in November ($286,289) compared to November 2011 – the highest November figures in the past five years. Fiscal year-to-date (October and November) sales tax is up 7.2% over 2011. The City anticipates another year with lots of fluctuation in the monthly sales tax remittance from the Missouri Department of Revenue. The City’s budget projects 1-2% total growth through Fiscal Year 2013.