Baxter County's sales tax revenue picture continues to be a bright spot for those watching the area's financial picture.
Baxter County Treasurer Jenay Mize says the county's portion of the sales tax collection is up again for both the month and the year. In fact, January's year-over-year comparison, reflected in the March reporting period, shows a higher percentage of growth over December, traditionally a high month for collections.
January also marked the beginning of collections for an ongoing one-quarter percent sales tax earmarked for continued operating expenses for the Baxter County Detention Center, as reflected in the March reporting period.
At Mountain Home City Hall, Treasurer Rita Murray says the city's sales tax received from the county was $155,430, up $8,079 or a 5.48 percent increase from the prior year.
The city sales tax collections for January were $152,482, up $38,828 or a 34.16 percent increase from the prior year. However, Murray says when comparing year-over-year, 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 $136,236. March was the first month year-to-year comparisons were available for the public safety tax, with collections beginning in January 2018. The January 2019 collections reflected an increase of $29,121 or a 27.18 percent increase over 2018.
The county sales tax is divided among the county and the eight municipalities. In addition to Mountain Home, Gassville received $25,946, Cotter had $12,111, Lakeview took in $9,252, Norfork with $6,380, Salesville had $5,618, Briarcliff with $2,946 and Big Flat with $1,298.
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