In the latest report released by auditor Roland Tkach, sales tax collected in December was about $50,000 less than the amount brought in during the same month the year before.
Huron County’s portion of sales tax collected in December was $890,072, down from $940,348 a year ago.
“We’re continuing the saga of the loss of sales tax received from Medicaid payments on nursing homes,” Tkach said. “We’ve been averaging about $51,000 per month less.”
The state estimated the loss would be about $60,000 per month.
“We’re still within budget at this point,” Tkach said. “We’re about 5 percent down compared to last year.”
In December, Mom-and-Pop stores made up 31 percent of the overall sales tax total, while big-box stores were at 30 percent.
Vehicles sales checked in at 18 percent. Liquor sales were down 10 percent.
“Liquor sales have been trending down in recent months,” Tkach said.
“Considering the loss of sales tax on Medicaid payments, local retailers are doing well,” he added. “Consumers still are shopping at the local businesses.”