Hancock County sales tax receipts received in September were up about 3 percent for the month, after being down about 8 percent for August, according to numbers from the county auditor’s office.

For the year, receipts are up 2 percent, compared with 2018 figures.

The county received about $1.42 million for the September tax payment and about $11.8 million for the year, compared with about $1.38 million for the month and about $11.56 million for the year at this time in 2018, according to the county auditor’s office.

Local 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 department vehicles, and maintenance of county buildings.

The remainder is used for general operation of various county departments.

While the county receives a total of 1 percent sales tax revenue, consumers pay a 6.75 percent sales tax in Hancock County on most purchases, with the state receiving 5.75 percent.

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