Sales taxes generated for Texas County and Houston governments showed increases in June, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue.
In Houston, revenue from a one-cent sales tax totaled $56,303, which is an increase of $1,727 from the same period a year ago. For the year, $323,999 has been collected. That’s down about $4,482 from a year ago.
Merchants also collect two, quarter-cent sales taxes for streets and sidewalks, as well as utility work. Each generated about $13,844. That’s an increase of about $440 from a year ago.
An eighth-cent sales tax for fire truck debt repayment netted $6,922.
A strong report was recorded by Texas County, which saw three, half-cent sales taxes increase more than 10 percent each from a year ago. Each totaled about $80,500, which was up $7,900 each.
In the first six months of the year, merchants collected about $471,000 on each. That’s up about $11,000 on each from a year ago.
The reports are considered a good barometer of economic activity.