Roland Tkach, county auditor, was happy to release the new batch of numbers.
“Sales tax is steady from the spending in July,” he said.
The new report showed $815,177 of sales tax collected during July, up from $761,940 during the same period a year ago.
The $815,177 figure is a record-high for that month.
“It is another record for the month,” Tkach said.
“We are at 101 percent of the estimate going into the last two months of the year,” he added. “I’m very happy with this report.
”In my conservative way of thinking, having the estimate met in the 10th month of the year is right where we want to be,“ Tkach said.
Mom-and-Pop stores accounted for 32 percent of the sales tax total, while big-box stores made up 25 percent.
Vehicle sales were at 20 percent.
Liquor sales were up 9.5 percent compared to last year.
”But, liquor sales only make up .30 percent of the total,“ Tkach said.
”With the county finances, the numbers are falling in place, with revenue over estimate and spending under budget,“ he said. ”All is well.“
Tkach said the county commissioners already have the 2016 budget estimates.
The auditor also released the newest round of casino funds.
The county received $681,249 in casino funds in 2015, which was more than the $500,000 estimate.
”It is higher than the estimate, but less than last year,“ Tkach said.
”There is too much competition,“ he added. ”The market is saturated. The racinos are cutting into their business.“
Tkach said the casinos haven’t been the financial answer as predicted.
”We’ve never realized the expectation of $1 million per year,“ he said. ”I’ll continue to keep a close eye on it next year.“