Hancock County sales tax receipts continue to climb, up 4 percent for April, and up 3 percent for the year, compared with April 2018 totals and year-to-date totals, according to information from the county auditor’s office.
The county received more than $1.24 million in receipts during the month, up from more than $1.19 million in April 2018. Sales tax receipts for April 2017 were more than $1.14 million.
For the year to date, more than $5.35 million has been received by the county, up from more than $5.17 million received through the first third of the year. In 2017, more than $5.34 million was received through the first four months.
Sales taxes are paid to the state and then returned to counties several months after the actual sales.
Hancock County collects a total of 1 percent local sales tax. One-fourth is to be used for construction of a probate/juvenile court building, expansion of the county jail, and for county operations, such as money needed for the county Department of Job and Family Services, sheriff’s office vehicles, and maintenance of county buildings. The remainder is used for general operations of various county departments.
While the county receives a total of 1 percent sales tax, county residents pay a 6.75 percent sales tax, with the state receiving 5.75 percent.