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County September sales tax up $54K from last year

By Vicky O. Misa | Vicky.misa@news-star.com | (405) 214-3962 | Twitter: @Vicky_NewsStar
The Shawnee News-Star
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Since July Pottawatomie County's July sales tax collections have shown a sizable increase in revenue over last year, hinting that the revenue hit from the recent COVID-19 shutdown has come to an end. Though still pushing ahead of last year's figures, September's increase is considerably less than those recorded in July and August.

Pottawatomie County's sales tax collections for September show an increase in revenue over September 2019. Treasurer Wendy Magnus reported this month's collections totaled $749,718.88, up from the same month a year ago when $695,343.67 was received –– an increase of $54,375.21. According to an average from the past 10 years, September collections have been coming in around $665,000.

Since COVID-19

Pottawatomie County received its first positive case of COVID-19 the last week of March, which spurred the start of added restrictions ordered by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

Area residents spent significant time avoiding public spaces as a direct result of a shelter-at-home directive from leaders starting mid-March, during April and into May.

As a result, revenue was down for awhile since all non-essential businesses were closed until mid-May.

Though many local shops have opened back up, at least to some degree, the level of service or staffing is still limited for a number of them.

April's data — though it did show a slight decrease — was not substantial. Sales tax collections in April were down only $6,310.45 from a year ago.

May's decrease was a much bigger hit — nearly $97,000 below 2019's May figures.

Collections in revenue for June were down as expected, as collections showed a decrease of $18,572.40 from the same month a year ago.

But things appeared to bounce back when July showed a sizable increase in revenue over last year.

Magnus reported July collections totaled $770,519.41 –– an increase of $108,312.50 over last year in July.

Typically, July numbers have averaged at about $639,500, according to data from the previous 10 years.

August figures also showed a large boost in county sales tax collections. Totaling $781,571.07, August numbers were up more than $120,400 over last year at that time. According to an average from the past 10 years, August collections have been coming in around $658,720.