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Sales tax collection 'little down for the month'

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jul 20, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Sales tax collection was down slightly in Huron County in April.

Auditor Roland Tkach, who recently released the new numbers, said the local portion of April’s sales tax was $804,863 — a bit less than the $858,172 the county received in the same month a year ago.

“It was a little down for the month, but we’re still ahead of last year,” the auditor said. “We’re in a good spot. We still are 6 percent over the budget estimate for 2019.

“Hopefully, this is not a trend,” Tkach added. “We’ll continue to keep a watchful eye on it.”

Vehicle sales made up 21 percent of the sales tax total for April.

Big-box stores accounted for 30 percent, while Mom-and-Pop stores were at 32. Liquor sales were up 14 percent compared to the same month in 2018.

Tkach also released the most-recent casino fund figures.

Huron County is set to receive $182,541 in the July payment, bringing the 2019 total to $538,453. The casino fund estimate for the year is $600,000, with the county still set to receive the October payment.

“I’m very happy we are well over the estimate,” Tkach said. “It’s amazing how quickly the year is going, as we’ll receive one more casino fund disbursement in October and then the year will be in the books as far as casino fund money.”

Finally, he said the 2018 Huron County comprehensive annual financial information statement is available on the auditor’s office website.

“It’s right under the forms tab,” Tkach said. “All the financial information is out there and if anyone has a question, they can always call me at the office.”

The financial statements from 2009 to 2018 are all available on the auditor’s office website at www.huroncountyauditor.org.

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