County’s sales-tax revenue has exceeded expectations

By Bill Felber

County sales-tax collections exceeded projections by about $784,000 in 2011, the Riley County treasurer informed commissioners Thursday.

Eileen King said the county received about $3.18 million in sales-tax receipts during the year, about 32 percent more than the $2.4 million county officials expected to take in.

That sales-tax gain more than offset lower-than-expected revenue figures for interest during 2011. The county received $176,464 in interest on its accounts during the year, about 12 percent less than the $200,000 that had been budgeted.

King said revenues from all sources were 7.23 percent above budget during the year.

Fake Patty’s Day

County commissioner Dave Lewis asked that a discussion of Fake Patty’s Day be added to the schedule for a city-county meeting to be held Jan. 19. The early March event in Aggieville has been a subject of frequent discussions at the city level in recent weeks.


Motor grader rental

Commissioners accepted a $105,000 bid from Murphy Tractor of Miltonvale for a three-year rental of a motor grader. That was the lowest of three bids opened Monday. A Manhattan firm, Foley Equipment, had bid $213,600. The third bidder, G.W. VanKeppel of Topeka, bid $128,964.

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