Vehicle sales accounted for 26 percent of the overall sales tax total in February.
“February was a great month for vehicle sales,” Tkach said. “The dollars were definitely up.”
February overall was down compared to a year ago, but the county still is coping with the loss of sales tax on Medicaid nursing home payments.
The county’s portion was $727,658, which was less than the $783,519 for a year ago.
Tkach said the newest number was also down because of a sales tax refund of $43,000.
“It was on construction materials,” the auditor said. “The department of taxation would only say the category and dollar amount. There’s no clear indication if there will be more refunds in the future. I’m very concerned with refunds that big.”
Mom-and-Pop stores made up 32 percent of the February sales tax total, while big-box stores accounted for 27 percent.
Liquor sales were up 14 percent compared to last year.
“We’ll continue to monitor the entire sales tax situation closely,” Tkach said.