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2018 sales tax sluggish so far

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Feb 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Sales tax is off to a bit of a sluggish start in 2018.

For the second straight month this year and third overall, sales tax collected in Huron County has been less than what it was during the same month the year before.

“We’re adjusting to the loss of Medicaid sales tax,” auditor Roland Tkach said. “It still appears our retail economy is very strong.” 

Huron County’s portion of sales tax collected in February, which reflected November sales, was $798,922, down from $826,888 a year ago.

“We’re still on track for the revenue estimate,” Tkach said.

Mom-and-Pop stores accounted for 33 percent of the new monthly numbers, while big-box stores were at 30 percent.

Vehicle sales checked in at 19 percent. Liquor sales were 9 percent less than a year ago and have shown declines in recent months.

“Liquor sales appear to be trending on the downside,” Tkach said.

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