Local sales tax receipts drop

Sabetha’s sales tax receipts are below last year’s earnings for December.

This is according to the December 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 December distribution is a reflection of October sales.

Sabetha saw decreased sales tax distributions in the month of December alone — $35,438.40 — a 0.6 percent decrease from the $35,645.06 distributed in December 2016. Sabetha’s local sales tax rate is 1 percent. Fiscal year to date — which includes distributions from July through December of this year — Sabetha is down 2.5 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 $53,596.03 in December 2016 to $79,499.48 in December 2017. Fiscal year to date, Hiawatha’s distributions have been up more than $160,000 compared to the same time period last year.

Holton’s distributions are down 2.4 percent, from $51,380.22 in December 2016 to $50,167.36 in December 2017. Holton’s local sales tax rate is 0.75 percent. Fiscal year to date, Holton’s distributions are down 0.9 percent.

With a local sales tax rate of 1 percent, Seneca’s distributions are up 10.7 percent, from $44,719.28 in December 2016 to $49,493.21 in December 2017. Fiscal year to date, Seneca’s distributions are up 3.4 percent.

County Figures

Jackson and Brown counties experienced sales tax distribution decreases in December, while Nemaha County saw a marginal increase.

Jackson County, with a local sales tax rate of 1.4 percent, has experienced a 2.1 percent decrease, from $139,779.89 in December 2016 to $136,872.01 in December 2017. Fiscal year to date, Jackson County’s distributions are up 1.4 percent.

Brown County experienced a decrease from $142,444.04 in December 2016 to $90,692.65 in December 2017. However, this is likely due to the county’s lowered sales tax rate, which dropped in December 2016 from 1.5 percent to 1 percent. Fiscal year to date, Brown County’s distributions are down more than $300,000.

Nemaha County saw a 0.2 percent increase, from $148,372.55 in December 2016 to $148,709.00 in December 2017. Nemaha County has a local sales tax rate of 1 percent. Fiscal year to date, Nemaha County’s distributions are up 1.6 percent.

Statewide, city and county distribution totals were up 1.9 percent in December. Fiscal year to date, distributions are up 3.8 percent.

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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. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.

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