July tax figures show heat affected sales

By Maura Wery

The dog days of summer took a toll on everything, including county revenue.

Riley County Treasurer Eileen King told commissioners Thursday that although July’s sales tax figures continued a recent trend of being up from the previous year, the difference between July of 2011 and 2012 was close.

In recent months, county sales tax revenues had been $20,000 to $30,000 ahead of the previous year. That was not the case for July, when revenues were only about $3,500 higher.

King has a few theories about why that happened, among them the persistent July heat and a usually popular summertime event that wasn’t held.

“That big car show (usually scheduled for July at Bramlage Coliseum) didn’t happen this year,” King said. In previous years, she said, that event has brought thousands of dollars of revenue into the county. King also said that heat might have had a lot to do with it. July routinely featured high temperatures in triple digits.

There was some good news in the report as far as other tax collections. Eileen said both ad valorem and vehicle tax revenues were higher. King said about 97 percent of ad valorem tax was collected, although she added that the real attention-getter was vehicle taxes.

King said that 91.07 percent of the annual budgeted amount has already been collected, a percentage that is higher than either of the last two years.

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