Shawnee city sales tax collections are down for December, compared to the same month a year ago.

Shawnee city sales tax collections are down for December, compared to the same month a year ago.

Cindy Arnold, finance director and city treasurer, reports the December sales tax check received this month was $1,405,364.

“Compared to December 2015, we were down $111,889 or 6.73 percent,” she said. “Over the fiscal year, we are down $136,067 or 1.51 percent.”

December Use Tax collected was $157,235, which was down $32,271 from last year.

“Last year we saw a few high months in use tax due to the completion of the Marketplace,” she said. “Use tax is based on the point of delivery, so when we have construction going on, collections will be higher.”

She said compared to December 2014, the city is up $15,000.

Arnold said the entire state was down $19 million in sales tax and $2.1 million in use tax.

She said the city is still down for the year, but is encouraged to have not seen the rapid decline other cities have.

“With new development on the horizon, we are very optimistic,” Arnold said.

County

Pottawatomie County's sales tax collections for December showed a decrease in revenue over December 2015. Treasurer Wendy Magnus reported this month's collections totaled $612,556.14, down from the same month a year ago when $646,886.88 was received –– a decrease of $34,330.74.

Overall, County sales tax for the year — totaling $7,816,656.50 — is up just a bit from last year's figure, which was $7,779,083.26 — an increase of $37,573.24. County sales tax numbers have steadily risen for the past 10 years.

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.