Sabetha sales tax receipts show increase for May

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

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

Sabetha saw increased sales tax distributions in the month of May alone — $46,413.46 — a 23.9 percent increase from the $37,471.58 distributed in May 2017. Sabetha’s local sales tax rate is 1 percent.

Fiscal year to date — which includes distributions from July 2017 through May of this year, compared with distributions from July 2016 through May 2017 — Sabetha is up 0.6 percent.

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 $58,387.40 in May 2017 to $89,589.86 in May 2018. Fiscal year to date, Hiawatha’s distributions are up more than $320,000 compared to the same time period last fiscal year.

Holton’s distributions are up 6.3 percent, from $52,256.10 in May 2017 to $55,529.18 in May 2018. Holton’s local sales tax rate is 0.75 percent. Fiscal year to date, Holton’s distributions are up 0.8 percent.

With a local sales tax rate of 1 percent, Seneca’s distributions are down 8.4 percent, from $52,760.86 in May 2017 to $48,319.89 in May 2018. Fiscal year to date, Seneca’s distributions are up 2.5 percent.

County Figures

Nemaha County saw nearly even sales tax distributions for May, while Brown and Jackson counties experienced increases.

Nemaha County’s distributions up marginally, from $175,439.23 in May 2017 to $175,457.29 in May 2018. Nemaha County has a local sales tax rate of 1 percent. Fiscal year to date, Nemaha County’s distributions are up 2.4 percent.

Brown County, with a local sales tax rate of 1 percent, saw an increase, from $103,173.61 in May 2017 to $107,542.67 in May 2018. Fiscal year to date, Brown County’s distributions are down about $420,000. This is likely due to the county’s lowered sales tax rate, which dropped in January 2017 from 1.5 percent to 1 percent.

Jackson County, with a local sales tax rate of 1.4 percent, saw an increase from $138,549.82 in May 2017 to $147,559.89 in May 2018. Fiscal year to date, Jackson County’s distributions are up 3 percent.

Statewide, city and county distribution totals were up — 8.3 percent — in May. Fiscal year to date — which includes distributions from July 2017 through May of this year, compared with distributions from July 2016 through May 2017 — distributions statewide are up 4.7 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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