Gross sales Tax Collections Rise – Information – The St John Information-Report
GROVE – When the pandemic has a bright spot, shoppers stay closer to home and shop at local vendors. The December sales tax surveys, which reflect mid-October through mid-November sales, indicate that shoppers are continuing to shop locally.
For the first six months of the fiscal year, which began July 1, all cities except Jay continued to see sales tax increases.
Grove saw its December collections increase 13% from a 24% increase in November. In the first six months of the year this means an increase of 18% compared to the same six months of the previous year. The city received sales tax revenue of $ 4.298 million for July through December, compared to $ 3.642 million for the same six months last year.
In addition, buyers increase usage taxes by making online purchases. Grove saw its use taxes increase 17% for the December reporting period, and its collections for the first six months of fiscal year increased 31% overall, bringing in $ 349,344 from $ 266,809 last fiscal year.
At the same time, Delaware County is seeing similar gains. The county’s sales tax revenue in December was 11% higher than last December. For the first six months of fiscal year sales tax revenue was up 17%, with the county receiving $ 3.33 million, compared to $ 2.847 million for the same period last year. The county also saw tax collections for usage, taxes on purchases made outside of the state but used in the city or county, increase by 60% for the year. The county raised $ 516,324, compared to $ 323,031 over the same six month period.
Of course, the town of Jay was hit with the Walmart closure in late summer. Sales taxes fell 17% in December after collections were down 31% in November. However, the tax revenue for the first part of the financial year has meant that the surveys in the first six months of the financial year have remained almost the same compared to the previous financial year. The city raised $ 578,622 in the six months, compared to $ 579,463 in the same period last year. At the same time, usage taxes have risen significantly as the city raised $ 78,478 in the first six months of the year, compared to $ 51,284 in the same period last year.
In Fairland, sales tax revenues have also increased. Sales tax revenue for the first six months increased 26% to $ 139,030 compared to $ 110,021 a year ago. Usage taxes are up 42% to $ 31,741, compared to $ 22,351 in the first six months of last year.
Bernice saw sales tax revenue increased 21% to $ 154,403 from $ 127,111 last year. Usage taxes rose 62% over the same period, with the city bringing in $ 18,417 versus $ 11,374.
Afton’s sales taxes increased to $ 215,114 from $ 188,267 for the six month period, and use taxes increased 56% on collections of $ 47,199 compared to $ 30,307.
The city of Wyandotte saw sales tax revenue increase 27% from $ 62,494 to $ 49,190 for the fiscal year. Use taxes also increased 65% with collections of $ 21,317 versus $ 12,943.
The news is good for Ottawa County too. The county levied sales tax of $ 1.893 million compared to $ 1.762 million in the same six months. Usage taxes are up 44%, with the county bringing in $ 303,267 from $ 210,913 for the same period last year.
Kansas sales taxes increased 31% and usage taxes increased 108% for collections of $ 260,440 for the first six months, compared to $ 21,691 last fiscal year. At the same time, Colcord saw sales tax increase 12% to $ 82,203, and use taxes increased 30% to $ 25,237 for the fiscal year.
On the west side of Grand Lake, where the Pensacola Bridge remains closed, Disney saw sales tax levies rise 73% in the first six months. The surveys were $ 84,112 compared to $ 48,542 for the same period last year. Usage taxes are up 108%, with the city bringing in $ 11,678 from $ 5,604 last year.
Langley has also shown big gains. Sales tax revenue for the first half of the year is $ 626,102 versus $ 505,512, and usage tax revenue is up 48% to $ 16,523, compared to $ 11,177 for the same period last year.