Local sales tax receipts show decrease

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

This is according to the January 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 January distribution is a reflection of November sales.

Sabetha saw decreased sales tax distributions in the month of January alone — $34,944.48 — a 10.9 percent decrease from the $39,220.05 distributed in January 2017. Sabetha’s local sales tax rate is 1 percent. Fiscal year to date — which includes distributions from July 2017 through January of this year — Sabetha is down 3.7 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 $55,691.83 in January 2017 to $90,234.22 in January 2018. Fiscal year to date, Hiawatha’s distributions are up nearly $200,000 compared to the same time period last fiscal year.

Holton’s distributions are up 10.1 percent, from $48,441.50 in January 2017 to $53,354.28 in January 2018. Holton’s local sales tax rate is 0.75 percent. Fiscal year to date, Holton’s distributions are up 0.5 percent.

With a local sales tax rate of 1 percent, Seneca’s distributions are down 6.7 percent, from $56,042.95 in January 2017 to $52,288.51 in January 2018. Fiscal year to date, Seneca’s distributions are up 1.8 percent.

County Figures

Brown and Nemaha counties experienced sales tax distribution decreases in January, while Jackson County saw an increase.

Brown County experienced a decrease from $148,740.94 in January 2017 to $103,372.20 in January 2018. However, this is likely due to the county’s lowered sales tax rate, which dropped in January 2017 from 1.5 percent to 1 percent. Fiscal year to date, Brown County’s distributions are down more than $350,000.

Nemaha County saw an 8.4 percent decrease, from $172,624.29 in January 2017 to $158,116.74 in January 2018. Nemaha County has a local sales tax rate of 1 percent. Fiscal year to date, Nemaha County’s distributions up marginally.

Jackson County, with a local sales tax rate of 1.4 percent, has experienced an 8.9 percent increase, from $129,392.98 in January 2017 to $140,916.24 in January 2018. Fiscal year to date, Jackson County’s distributions are up 2.4 percent.

Statewide, city and county distribution totals were up 8.6 percent in January. Fiscal year to date, distributions are up 4.4 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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