A day before leaving for Thanksgiving, city of Booneville officials were reminded of one of their reasons to be thankful with the monthly report of sales tax collections.
The city’s one percent sales and use tax took in 53,471.21, which is just under $1,900, or 3. 6 percent more than was remitted to the city in November of last year.
November taxes are collected in September and turned over to the state in October and forwarded to the collecting entities in November.
The tax has surpassed the $50,000 mark in seven straight months and nine of 11 months for the year. The tax exceeded that mark nine times in 2016 when it took in over $600,000 for the first time since the Easter fire of 2008 that destroyed the Cargill meat processing plant.
With only one month remaining on the calendar the city’s sales tax collection is up almost $11,000, or 1.9 percent compared to the first 11 months of 2016.
The November collections were actually down just more than $1,800 or 3.3 percent, from October when the remittance topped $55,000 for just the second time in 17 months.
Booneville’s sales tax, which is divided among 10 city departments and other organizations in varying amounts, was renewed for a fifth five-year term in 2015.
A second one percent perpetual tax collected in the city is dedicated to the operation of Booneville Community Hospital and is remitted to Mercy Hospital.