Local sales tax receipts show decrease

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

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

Sabetha saw decreased sales tax distributions in the month of March alone — $35,373.72 — a 2.7 percent decrease from the $36,355.40 distributed in March 2017. Sabetha’s local sales tax rate is 1 percent.

Fiscal year to date — which includes distributions from July 2017 through March of this year — Sabetha is down 3.5 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 $53,420.53 in March 2017 to $84,272.92 in March 2018. Fiscal year to date, Hiawatha’s distributions are up more than $260,000 compared to the same time period last fiscal year.

Holton’s distributions are down 3.8 percent, from $50,983.60 in March 2017 to $49,053.87 in March 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 $48,062.420 in March 2017 to $44,855.04 in March 2018. Fiscal year to date, Seneca’s distributions are up 3.6 percent.

County Figures

Brown, Nemaha and Jackson counties all saw increased sales tax distributions for March.

Brown County experienced an increase from $97,047.04 in March 2017 to $100,236.46 in March 2018.

Fiscal year to date, Brown County’s distributions are down more than $424,000. This is likely due to the county’s lowered sales tax rate, which dropped in January 2017 from 1.5 percent to 1 percent.

Nemaha County saw a 5.3 percent increase, from $151,752.49 in March 2017 to $159,868.55 in March 2018. Nemaha County has a local sales tax rate of 1 percent.

Fiscal year to date, Nemaha County’s distributions are up 2.1 percent.

Jackson County, with a local sales tax rate of 1.4 percent, has experienced a 6 percent increase, from $134,326.76 in March 2017 to $142,450.38 in March 2018.

Fiscal year to date, Jackson County’s distributions are up 3 percent.

Statewide, city and county distribution totals were up 10.7 percent in March. Fiscal year to date — July 2017 through March 2018 — distributions statewide are up 16.2 percent, compared to the same timeframe the previous year.

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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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