Since a Walmart Supercenter opened in Booneville, the month of February has been the best month of the year for collections of one percent sales taxes collected in the city.
This year was no different.
City officials were informed the amount returned to the city by the State Treasurer Dennis Milligan’s office was less than $40 shy of $65,000 at $64,964.54 — marking the first time the tax has surpassed the $60,000 mark since the Cargill fire almost a decade ago.
Last year February receipts narrowly missed — by less than $200 — the $60,000 plateau, and the collection was almost $5,000 more than the the next closest month during 2017.
Doubtlessly fueled by the Christmas shopping season the collection, which is funds taken in by vendors in December and remitted to the Department of Finance and Administration in January, topped the $50,000 mark for the 10th straight month — the 12th time in 14 months.
The February take this year exceeded January collections by $10,430.77, or 19.1 percent. The amount was also $5,125.52, or 8.6 percent, more than the collection of February of 2017.
The two-month year to date collection for 2018 of $119,498.31 is also up from 2017, by $6,243.98 or 5.5 percent.
Booneville’s sales tax was renewed for a fifth five-year term in 2015.
• Street Department, 5 percent;
• Police Department, 22 percent;
• Fire Department, 10 percent;
• Area Agency/Senior Center, 10 percent;
• Airport, 7 percent;
• Parks, 5 percent;
• City Improvements, 30 percent;
• Animal Control, 5 percent;
• Cemetery, 2 percent; and
• BDC/Chamber, 4 percent.
A second one percent perpetual tax collected in the city is dedicated to the operation of Booneville Community Hospital and, less 25 percent reserved for building purposes, is turned over to Mercy Hospital.
Mercy assumed operation of the hospital on Jan. 1, 2014.