Sabetha sales tax receipts decrease

Sabetha’s sales tax receipts are below last year’s earnings for June. This is according to the June 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 June distribution is a reflection of April sales.

Sabetha saw decreased sales tax distributions in the month of June alone — $38,537.30 — a 6.3 percent decrease from the $$41,144.90 distributed in June 2017. Sabetha’s local sales tax rate is 1 percent.

Fiscal year to date — which includes distributions from July 2017 through June of this year, compared with distributions from July 2016 through June 2017 — Sabetha is down 0.1 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 $88,972.37 in June 2017 to $96,778.55 in June 2018. Fiscal year to date, Hiawatha’s distributions are up more than $325,000 compared to the same time period last fiscal year.

Holton’s distributions are up 3.3 percent, from $52,298.69 in June 2017 to $54,020.22 in June 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 12.9 percent, from $49,422.92 in June 2017 to $55,795.61 in June 2018. Fiscal year to date, Seneca’s distributions are up 3.4 percent.

County Figures

Nemaha County saw an increase in sales tax distributions for June, while Brown County experienced a marginal decrease and Jackson County saw an increase.

Nemaha County’s distributions went up 2.4 percent, from $163,862.13 in June 2017 to $167,761.23 in June 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, experienced a marginal decrease, from $107,649.76 in June 2017 to $106,967.87 in June 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 $135,018.61 in June 2017 to $142,822.86 in June 2018. Fiscal year to date, Jackson County’s distributions are up 3.3 percent.

Statewide, city and county distribution totals were up — 6.8 percent — in June. Fiscal year to date — which includes distributions from July 2017 through June of this year, compared with distributions from July 2016 through June 2017 — distributions statewide are up 4.9 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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