“Huron County retail sales are steady as she goes,” said Auditor Roland Tkach, who recently released a new batch of sales tax figures which reflected January sales.
The county’s portion of sales tax collected in January was $727,834, up about $6,000 from the same month a year ago.
“We showed a little increase over last year,” Tkach said.
Tkach said the county is bracing for another sales tax hurdle.
“What breaks my heart is the closing of Pat Catan’s,” he said. “That’s going to leave a big hole in retail business. I’m very concerned about the closing of Pat Catan’s.”
In the latest report, mom-and-pop stores, as well as big-box stores each accounted for about 29 percent of the overall sales tax collection.
Vehicles sales made up about 20 percent.
Liquor sales were up nearly 11 percent in January.
“Liquor sales continue to increase,” the auditor said.
The mild spring weather should improve retail sales, Tkach said. “People can get out and shop,” he said. “Good weather equals good sales. But, overall, I’m pleased with the revenue stream at this point,” he added.
In 2018, sales tax made up about 61.5 percent of the county’s general fund revenue.