Christmas shopping receipts reflected in February’s sales tax report

Baxter County's sales tax revenue is up for the month, reflecting dollars generated in December.

Baxter County Treasurer Jenay Mize says the county's portion of the sales tax collection is up for both the month and the year.


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While January marked the beginning of collections for an ongoing one-quarter percent sales tax earmarked for continued operating expenses for the Baxter County Detention Center, those dollars will first be reflected in the March reporting period.

At Mountain Home City Hall, Treasurer Rita Murray says the city's sales tax received from the county were $189,847, up $5,789 or a 3.14 percent increase from the prior year.

The city sales tax collections for December were $193,475, up $26,481 or a 15.86 percent increase from the prior year. However, Murray says when comparing the numbers a reminder the Arkansas Department of Finance Administration was withholding funds until August of 2018 for a tax overpayment.

Collections for the city's public safety tax for the month were $166,981. Year-to-year comparisons are not yet available, since collections for the new tax did not begin until March 2018.

The county sales tax is divided among the county and the eight municipalities. In addition to Mountain Home, Gassville received $31,692, Cotter had $14,793, Lakeview took in $11,301, Norfork with $7,793, Salesville had $6,863, Briarcliff with $3,599 and Big Flat with $1,586.

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