Booneville’s city sales tax has now topped the $50,000 mark every month for two years.
The tax last fell short of $50,000 in March of 2017, when it raked in $49,331.10.
The City of Booneville was remitted $52,473.35 from State Treasurer Dennis Milligan’s office in April for taxes collected by vendors in February and turned over to the Department of Finance and Administration in March.
The April returns are almost 2.5 percent more than March and virtually flat compared to April of last year, and the collection rate is almost 3 percent better than 2018.
April returns are just under $1,300 more than those remitted in March and less than $500 less than in April of 2018. To date in 2019 the tax has taken in $229,405.25, almost $6,700 more than the first four months of 2018.
Renewed in 2015, Booneville’s sales tax is in the fourth year of its fifth five year terms.
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 $86,397.90 in April, bringing the 2019 year to-date total for 2019 to $377,730.91, which is almost $13,000, or 3.5 percent, more than in the first four months of 2018.
Tours of the jail are being offered through from 2 to 6 p.m. through Friday of this week and a dedication ceremony for the facility is set for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22.