Coming off a month in which collections were almost $65,000, Booneville’s one percent sales taxes dropped almost $14,000, or 21.2 percent ,in March.
Still, the $51,188.66 remission from State Treasurer Dennis Milligan, was almost $900, or 1.8 percent, more than March of 2018.
The first three month combined total of $176,931.90 for 2019 is 4.2 percent more than the first quarter of 2018.
In 2018, tax collections were up 6 percent from the previous year after only a 2.6 percent increase from 2016 to 2017.
Booneville’s sales tax was renewed for a fifth five-year term in 2015.
A city improvement account receives 30 percent of the collections and the police department another 22 percent. The fire department and Area Agency/Senior Center get 10 percent each; the airport 7 percent; the street department, parks commission and animal control 5 percent each; the BDC/Chamber 4 percent and the Oak Hill Cemetery fund 2 percent.
The city collects a second one percent sales tax which is exclusively dedicated to operation of the hospital, with 75 percent given to Mercy Hospital and the remaining one-fourth reserved for construction uses.
In addition to Booneville’s sales taxes two cents per dollar are assessed for Logan County, including a half cent to construct, and another half cent to equip and maintain a new Logan County Jail
Each of of those taxes took in $91,895.30 in March, bringing the 2019 year to-date total for 2019 to $291,333.01, which is $18,467.07, or 6.8 percent, more than in the first quarter of 2018.
The jail is expected to be open on Lowder Street in Paris sometime later this spring.