Published On: Wed, Jan 15th, 2014

Sales tax receipts see solid jump in 2013

HARTINGTON — The city of Hartington is seeing some positive results from the city sales tax that voters put into effect during 2007.

The city’s monthly revenue from sales tax has increased by nearly 34 percent in the last six years.

The city collected an average monthly amount of $22,760 in 2013 which is up from the $17,000 average monthly amount the city first collected in 2008.

Hartington City Council President Gary Kruse has been keeping a close eye on the figures.

He thinks the continued increase in sales tax amounts is related to the farm economy.

“The farm industry has been good. The increase in sales tax revenue year after year is directly associated with the farm economy,” Kruse said.

The money that is spent in Hartington is a boost for the city, he added.

“The city sales tax that is paid in Hartington comes back and does good things for the city.”

The city received a little over $227,600 in sales tax revenue the first 10 months of 2013.

The revenue collected for the last two months of 2013 will not be available until March of this year, however.

The yearly increase in city sales tax is a result of having people see the benefits from shopping in town, said Hartington Chamber of Commerce President Karma Schulte.

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