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Huron County sets 'new level of sales tax collected' in 2017

• Dec 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM

The December report, released by Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach, reflected September sales.

During September, the county’s portion of sales tax collected was $816,773, which was a little less than the $832,351 during the same time period a year ago.

“Huron County set a new level of sales tax collected in 2017,” Tkach said.

For the year, the county’s portion was $10.55 million, which broke the record set in 2015 of $9.98 million.

In 2016, the county took in $9.85 million.

In 2017, the August report, which reflected May sales, was the first time the county received more than $1 million in a single month in sales tax.

Huron County was up $703,065 compared to 2016 which was 7.14 percent.

The county was able to set these sales tax milestones this year despite the fact it didn’t receive sales tax on Medicaid payments on nursing homes from the federal government since July 1, 2017.

“Sales tax is the largest segment of the county’s revenue and it’s doing well,” Tkach said. “We really appreciate the people shopping in Huron County.”

In September, Mom-and-Pop stores accounted for 33 percent of the sales tax total, while big-box stores made up 28 percent.

Vehicle sales were at 23 percent. Liquor sales were up 5.66 percent compared to the same month a year ago.

Tkach will continue to monitor sales tax.

“Our major funding source remains strong at this point,” he said.

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