Sales tax report: Month down, but year up for Shawnee
Thanks to months of a tightened belt — first a 12.5 percent reduction now loosened to an 8.5 percent reduction —to its projected budget, the Shawnee city sales tax collection report for December appears to be holding steady after a brief shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Spring.
Direct effects of the coronavirus shutdown caused a temporary lull, but recent sales tax collections in Shawnee continue to hold steady.
Ashley Neel, finance director and city treasurer, reports the December sales tax deposit was $1,853,293.23, including interest of $1,355.99, to be allocated as follows:
• General Fund — $1,059,024.72
• 2018 Capital Improvements Fund — $264,756.18
• Capital Improvements Fund — $205,186.04
• Street Improvements Fund — $231,661.65
• Economic Development Fund — $26,475.62
• Police Sales Tax Fund — $33,094.51
• Fire Sales Tax Fund — $33,094.51
Sales and use tax collections totaled $2,078,749.63 for December 2020.
According to Neel's report, December 2019 sales tax receipts came in at $2,089,516 — $236,222 more than this year's collections for the month.
“It should be noted the current sales tax estimate for FY 20-21 is based on a 8.5 percent reduction compared to the prior year budget,” Neel said.
But, for the year, sales tax collections are up $1,683,141 or 16.64 percent, over the projected budget year-to-date, she said.
“Use tax collections are down approximately $11,301, or .91 percent, under the projected budget year-to-date,” she said.
Revenue during COVID months
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 a period while all non-essential businesses were closed until mid-May.