Local sales tax receipts show decrease

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

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

Sabetha saw decreased sales tax distributions in the month of February alone — $41,679.19 — a 3.3 percent decrease from the $43,089.37 distributed in February 2017. Sabetha’s local sales tax rate is 1 percent. Fiscal year to date — which includes distributions from July 2017 through February of this year — Sabetha is down 3.6 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 $62,637.98 in February 2017 to $99,070.81 in February 2018. Fiscal year to date, Hiawatha’s distributions are up more than $230,000 compared to the same time period last fiscal year.

Holton’s distributions are up 4 percent, from $55,692.87 in February 2017 to $57,917.45 in February 2018. Holton’s local sales tax rate is 0.75 percent. Fiscal year to date, Holton’s distributions are up 1 percent.

With a local sales tax rate of 1 percent, Seneca’s distributions are up 28.3 percent, from $47,020.90 in February 2017 to $60,349.33 in February 2018. Fiscal year to date, Seneca’s distributions are up 4.9 percent.

County Figures

Brown County experienced a sales tax distribution decrease in February, while Nemaha and Jackson counties saw an increase.

Brown County experienced a decrease from $171,886.90 in February 2017 to $112,069.72 in February 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 $425,000.

Nemaha County saw a 13 percent increase, from $174,142.35 in February 2017 to $196,694.50 in February 2018. 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 4.5 percent increase, from $148,563.64 in February 2017 to $155,196.57 in February 2018. Fiscal year to date, Jackson County’s distributions are up 2.7 percent.

Statewide, city and county distribution totals were up 2.5 percent in February. Fiscal year to date — July 2017 through February 2018 — distributions statewide are up 4.1 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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