By DENISE GRANT
Hancock County’s sales tax had another record year in 2013.
Auditor Charity Rauschenberg said collections for 2013 totaled $12.5 million, up 3.19 percent over collections in 2012.
Collections topped $12 million for the first time in 2012.
Rauschenberg said December’s receipts were 44 percent higher than the previous year, totaling $1.4 million, also a record number. Sales tax receipts in December 2012 totaled $964,181.
December’s receipts reflect sales made in September.
“Until December of 2013, the sales tax numbers remained flat for Hancock County,” Rauschenberg said. “Unexpectedly, the December sales tax receipt was 44 percent greater than last December. This record amount has been affirmed by the state to be correct for December.”
Rauschenberg said the state withholds identifying information on sales tax receipts, so there is no way to know for sure how the additional money was generated.
Sales tax receipts are down slightly for the start of this year.
Collections from October’s sales, which are reflected in the county’s receipts this month, were 0.17 percent down. January’s receipts are $999,661, down by $1,704 when compared to last year.
Hancock County collects a 1 percent sales tax, and one-fourth of the money is dedicated to flood control.
The county sales tax is collected by the state and then returned to the county, which accounts for the delay in reporting monthly figures.
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