Auditor Roland Tkach recently released the sales tax numbers for September and October.
The sales tax paid to the county in December reflects September sales, as sales tax disbursement by the state lags three months behind. The January pay-in is October sales.
In September, Huron County’s portion of sales tax collected was $810,256. In October, the county total was $773,381.
The December payment brought the 2018 total to $9.89 million, well above the estimate of $9 million.
“I’m very pleased with the year’s total, considering the loss of nursing home Medicaid payments,” Tkach said about 2018. “It would appear the local retail economy still is strong and growing slightly.”
The Ohio tax commissioner had estimated Huron County would lose about $750,000 annually due to the loss of nursing home Medicaid payments.
“Even with Medicaid payments not being taxed, we had a year that was beyond our estimate in 2018.
“Thank you to those who shop local,” Tkach said. “It helps everyone in Huron County.”
Mom-and-Pop stores made up 32 percent of the September total and 36 percent of the October total, while big-box stores accounted for 27 percent and 30 percent, respectively.
Vehicles sales were at 22 percent in September and 17.5 percent in October.
“Car sales were a little soft in October,” the auditor said.
Liquor sales were about the same as a year ago in September, but up 11 percent in October.
“It appears sales tax is remaining steady,” Tkach said about the start to 2019. “We’re going to keep a close eye on the trends. … We’ve started this year a bit higher than last year.”
The auditor also released the first of four casino fund payments to the county in 2019. Huron County’s portion was $172,102.
“We are glad to have casino funds because it’s an economic endeavor that doesn’t take place in the county, but we still receive money,” Tkach said.
The auditor said casino funds really never have lived up to the initial hype when presented to the voters in May 2010.
“We’ve never hit that projection of $1 million per year,” Tkach said, referring to the state’s projections.
The county’s highest casino fund pay-in for the year was 2014 at $708,446.