The new numbers, released by auditor Roland Tkach, reflected July sales.
Huron County’s portion of the July sales tax was $865,534, which was an all-time high for that month and about $70,000 more than the same month in 2016.
The county is about $700,000 ahead of the sales tax collected a year ago.
“I’m very encouraged,” Tkach said. “The local economy has been very strong.”
Mom-and-Pop stores accounted for 31 percent of the July sales tax total, while big-box stores made up 26 percent.
Vehicle sales were at 25 percent. Tkach said car sales were really the reason July showed such good numbers.
Liquor sales were down 5 percent in July compared to 2016.
The auditor also recently released the final casino fund numbers for 2017. Huron County received $681,418 in casino funds this year, down from $692,314 a year ago, but more than the $500,000 estimate.
“The high point for casino funds was definitely 2014,” Tkach said, referring to the $708,446 the county received that year.
“Casino funds have been pretty much flat since then,” he added.
When the casino idea was first brought up several years ago, those who supported that constitutional amendment estimated Huron County would receive about $1 million per year in casino funds.
“We’ve never gotten to that level,” Tkach said.