Without refund, city's receipts would have been up.
Shawnee city sales receipts are down in December compared to the same month in 2012. However, if the city hadn’t had to refund $94,000 from the amount it originally received in November, the figure would actually have been up.
Pottawatomie County’s one cent sales tax in December was also down when compared to the same month a year ago.
Cindy Sementelli, city treasuer and finance director for Shawnee, reported the December sales tax receipts were down $34,433.
She said “Last month the city was up $246,000 and there was an issue of $94,000 that I thought was submitted to Shawnee in error. Well it turned out that it should
of not been submitted to us so we had to pay it back.
“So while our number this month is down, in reality this month sales tax is up by $59,566 if you remove the $94,000 refund. Year to date we are up $442,843 or 5.47 percent. December sales tax recieved was $ 1,315,025,” she said.
Shawnee Mayor Wes Mainord commenting on December’s report said “I am so appreciative of all the residents that live in and around Shawnee for their continued support of our local business.
“Hopefully more and more people will want and continue to shop in our city.”
Pottawatomie County’s one cent sales tax receipts were down from December of a year ago. County Treasurer Wendy Magnus reported the sales tax check for December totaled $594,03848.
That compares to $619,124.50 for December in 2012, a $25,086.02 decrease from the same month a year ago.