Ten month totals.
Collection of two one half cent sales taxes to build and maintain a new Logan County jail closed the year having taken in $902,509.17 for each of the half cents.
Though collection of the tax began on Jan. 1 of 2017, receipts of the tax have only been realized for 10 months.
That is because taxes collected in any month, for instance January, are remitted by the vendors to the state in the following month, or in this example February, and returned from the Secretary of State’s office to the agency for which they are collected in the third month, or for this example, March.
The best month of the year for the tax was in October, when August’s back to school shopping resulted in $96,668.32 being collected for each half cent.
Of the three full quarters of collection the final quarter was the most profitable with a combined $280,201.48, just over 1 percent more than the third quarter collections, which were 6.3 percent better than the first full quarter of collections.
The first year of receipts coincides with a symbolic groundbreaking held on Dec. 22, for the beginning of construction on the jail, which is being constructed on county-owned property on South Lowder Street in Paris.
That followed formal approval of a $10.9 million bid to build the facility, which came after the final bid opening was delayed and an earlier bid process was scrapped when the plans called for a two-story, 132-bed structure at a cost of $13.6 million.
When voters overwhelmingly adopted the sales tax in July of 2016 they were told the new jail would be a 100-bed facility which is what is currently being constructed.
In addition to hosing prisoners, the new jail will include offices for the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and a courtroom, which will eliminate the need to transport prisoners to the Logan County Courthouses in Booneville and Paris.
The tax voters approved allows the the issuance of $13 million in bonds for the project but Logan County Judge Ray Gack has repeatedly said he wanted to build the jail for about $10 million.
In November of 2016 the county sold $10 million in bonds for the project.
Once open the new jail will replace the current Logan County Detention Center in Paris. That facility was built in the 1980s and has been cited numerous times for being in violation of jail standards.
The new jail is expected to be completed in about 18 months.