Sales tax collections up

From Staff Reports

Eupora and Mathiston both saw increases in sales tax collections in December. The city of Eupora reported sales tax collections of $53,111 in December, compared to $40,411 in collections for the same month a year earlier, up 31.42 percent. Sales tax collections are up 9 percent or $22,091 since the state’s fiscal year began July 1. Mathiston’s sales tax collections were up 5.3 percent, from $15,775 in December 2010 to $16,608 last December. The town’s year-to-date collections are up 6 percent or $6,487 from the same period the previous year. The state’s sales tax collections have a three-month cycle. Tax is collected by the retailer one month; it is reported and paid to the state Department of Revenue the second month; and the diversion is paid to the cities by the state the third month. These figures reflect other area taxes collected on December sales with 2010 figures in parentheses:

• Maben: $7,425 ($7,564)

• Mantee: $2,454 ($2,427)

• Walthall: $2,213 ($2,857)