Sales tax collections remain strong as Baxter Co. closes out 2020


Sales tax collections remained strong as Baxter County closed out 2020.Baxter County Treasurer Jenay Mize says the December report reflecting sales tax collections in October did not increase as much as earlier months, but the numbers were still very good.


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Mize says the increase in sales tax collections is just one piece of the financal picture that has put the county in a much-improved position overall.


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Over at the City of Mountain Home, Treasurer Marshella Norell says the year also ended on a high note with sales tax collections.

The December report shows a 9.13% increase. Collections were up over last year $38,296 for the month, for a total of $457,722.

For the year-to-date, the increase was 9.3% or $463,839.

The total collected for the year from the 1% city sales tax was $5.4 million.

Total collections reflect $576,913 more than was budgeted.

The City of Mountain Home’s share of the county sales tax in December was up $19,750 for the month for a total of $203,225. The collections reflect a 10.76%.

For the year-to-date, the total increase over 2019 was $229,373 or a 10.53% increase.

Total county sales tax collected for 2020 and distributed to the City of Mountain Home was $2.4 million and reflects $243,432 more than was budgeted.

The City of Mountain Home’s public safety sales tax was up over 2019 by $14,361, for a total of $171,645. This is an increase of 9.13% for the month.

Year-to-date numbers reflect a total increase over 2019 of $173,939 or 9.3%.

The total .375 public safety sales tax collected for 2020 was $2 million, up $169,467 more than budgeted.

Norell says there were no months in 2020 with a decrease in sales tax when compared to the previous year.

In addition to Mountain Home, the Baxter County sales tax is divided among the county and the eight municipalities. In addition to Mountain Home in December, Gassville took in $33,925, Cotter received $15,836, Lakeview got $12,097, Norfork took in $8,342, Salesville received $7,346, Briarcliff got $3,852 and Big Flat took in $1,697.

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