Year-to-date sales tax totals increase

From Staff Reports

Eupora and Mathiston had increases in their sales tax collections in February but both saw decreases in March.

Eupora’s sales tax collections saw a 5 percent increase or about $1,670 in February, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue data.

The city’s posted February collections of $34,731 compared to $33,062 for the same month in 2011.

However, March’s collections showed a drop of about $820, or 2.2 percent, from $36,574 last March to $35,757 this year.

In Mathiston, tax collections for February were up about $900 from 2011. This year’s collections of $14,316 represented an increase of 6.7 percent.

The town, as did Eupora, saw a decrease in its March collections. This year’s collections in Mathiston of $15,604 were down about $2,970 or 16 percent.

However, July 1 to-date collections (through March) are up in both municipalities, by 7.1 percent in Eupora or $24,580 and by 3.9 percent in Mathiston or $6,093.

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 MDR by the retailer the second month; and the state pays the diversion to cities the third month.

These figures reflect other area taxes collected on February and March sales (all showing increases for both months from 2011): • Maben: $6,343 and $6,653 • Mantee: $2,441 and $3,413 • Walthall: $2,041 and $2,105