When your sales tax revenue goes up, it means two things – people are working and people are buying. Scioto County has received year-to-date, $3,366,524.53 in sales tax revenue..
“More people are working,” Scioto County Commissioners Chairman Bryan Davis said. “We have more people working now, and when you’re working, you’re making money, and if you’re making money, you’re spending it. Some local employers are hiring. I think that’s a big part of it.”
Davis cautioned that people need to be aware that the county’s year begins in November. It’s a state thing. This year’s began in November of 2016. Scioto County collects a 1 1/2 percent tax on sales. The figures are divided into the first one percent and then the additional half-a-percent.
“The one percent is $835,040.28,” Davis said. “Then there was (1/2 percent) $417,521. 20 for a total of $1,252,561.48 for a year-to-date total of $3,366,524.53, which was an increase over last year in January of $35,887.21, for a year-to-date increase of $136,966.30. So we’re heading in the right direction.”
Commissioner Mike Crabtree also attributed the increase to the work being done on the bypass project.
“There is a double shift on the highway out there. I’m sure that some of those folks are buying cars here,” Crabtree said. “There’s a lot of money being spent for the materials and probably fuel and everything else. Again, when people are working here, they’re buying lunch and breakfast many times – you know what that costs anymore, it’s gotten ridiculous, but the reality is, it’s beneficial to the community.”
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