Local sales tax receipts increase

Sabetha’s sales tax receipts are above last year’s earnings for November.

This is according to the November County/City Local Sales Tax Distribution Report released by the Kansas Department of Revenue. The state issues these distributions two months after collection, so the November distribution is a reflection of September sales.

Sabetha saw increased sales tax distributions in the month of November alone — $39,190.01 — a 1.8 percent increase from the $38,501.55 distributed in November 2016. Sabetha’s local sales tax rate is 1 percent. Fiscal year to date — which includes distributions from July through November of this year — Sabetha is down 2.8 percent from last year’s figures during the same time period.

With a sales tax rate increase from 1 percent to 1.5 percent that was effective in April 2017, Hiawatha is experiencing increased distributions. Hiawatha’s distributions have gone up from $57,262.78 in November 2016 to $84,176.85 in November 2017. Fiscal year to date, Hiawatha’s distributions have been up more than $130,000 compared to the same time period last year.

Holton’s distributions are up 4.6 percent, from $52,032.41 in November 2016 to $54,421.20 in November 2017. Holton’s local sales tax rate is 0.75 percent. Fiscal year to date, Holton’s distributions are down 0.6 percent.

With a local sales tax rate of 1 percent, Seneca’s distributions are up 8.5 percent, from $52,135.94 in November 2016 to $56,542.50 in November 2017. Fiscal year to date, Seneca’s distributions are up 2.1 percent.

County Figures

Jackson and Nemaha counties experienced sales tax distribution increases in November, while Brown County saw a decrease.

Brown County experienced a decrease from $164,365.66 in November 2016 to $104,903.78 in November 2017. However, this is likely due to the county’s lowered sales tax rate, which dropped in November 2016 from 1.5 percent to 1 percent. Fiscal year to date, Brown County’s distributions are down more than $270,000.

Nemaha County saw a 1.2 percent increase, from $173,911.69 in November 2016 to $176,000.31 in November 2017. Nemaha County has a local sales tax rate of 1 percent. Fiscal year to date, Nemaha County’s distributions are up 1.8 percent.

Jackson County, with a local sales tax rate of 1.4 percent, has experienced a 13.4 percent increase, from $136,930.93 in November 2016 to $155,266.64 in November 2017. Fiscal year to date, Jackson County’s distributions are up 2.1 percent.

Statewide, city and county distribution totals were up 6.6 percent in November. Fiscal year to date, distributions are up 4.1 percent.

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<p>Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence.<br /> She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.</p>

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