County Sales Tax Up Third Straight Month
Crawford County’s general revenue sales tax was up for a third straight month in May.
According to a report by Treasurer Karen Sikes, the county collected $229,952.79, a 15 percent increase from May 2019.
It is the second-highest single-month collection in county history, surpassed only by August 2019 when $314,524.27 was pulled in.
Through the first five months of the year, the county has collected more than $1.1 million.
Projected revenue for the year is around $2.1 million.
Crawford County’s revenue dipped in January and February but has rebounded strongly in the last three months.
The county saw a decrease of 16 percent and 5 percent in the first two months.
When the pandemic hit in March, forcing non-essential businesses to close or modify services, revenues went up. The county collected $185,308.35 that month, a 10 percent jump from March 2019.
The momentum carried over into April. Collection was up 39 percent year-over-year, and the county hauled in another $185,000.
June’s collection should be available in the next week or so. It has traditionally been one of the county’s strongest months. Last year, $169,282.48 was collected.
July is one of the weaker months, and revenue typically explodes in August.
The county’s separate law enforcement and capital improvement sales taxes each were up 18 percent in May.
The taxes brought in $114,371.63.
Collection has been up four straight months for those funds. February saw a 2 percent jump; March resulted in a 10 percent increase, and April brought a 32 percent bump.
Through the first five months 2020, more than $538,000 has been collected, more than half of what was accumulated during 2019.