Hancock County sales tax receipts in March were up 2 percent from the same period in 2018, according to the county auditor’s office.

The county received more than $1.61 million in receipts during the month, up from more than $1.58 million in March 2018. Sales tax receipts for March 2017 were more than $1.62 million.

For the year to date, more than $4.11 million has been received by the county, up from more than $3.98 million received through the first quarter of 2018.

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, the state sales tax is an additional 5.75 percent.