The county’s portion of sales tax collected in January was $721,300, which was down from $743,457 during the same month a year ago.
But, factoring in the loss of sales tax on nursing home Medicaid payments, Tkach said January held its own.
“I’m very pleased with these numbers,” the auditor said. “The decrease is much less than I anticipated. The amount the number is down compared to last year is in the acceptable range. This proves the retail market in Huron County remains strong. We’ll continue to monitor this situation in the auditor’s office.”
Tkach said with warmer weather hopefully here to stay, he hopes for a local sales boost.
“Pleasant weather seems to put people in the buying mood,” he said.
Mom-and-Pop stores accounted for 32 percent of January’s sales tax total, while big-box stores made up 29 percent.
Vehicle sales were at 18.6 percent. Liquor sales were down 10 percent.
Tkach also released the new casino-fund numbers Monday.
“There’s been a slight upswing with the casino funds,” he said. “We’re up 3.6 percent.”
Huron County has received $348,792 in casino funds through two quarters or half of the reporting year.
“We’re at 63.42 percent of the estimate which is good,” Tkach said.