Sales tax collections in Texas County finished the first half of the year up 8.2 percent over last year, according to a report from the Missouri Department of Revenue.
The report — following a remarkable jump in the last monthly distribution — shows each of the county’s three half-cent sales taxes totaled about $515,000 in the first six months of 2014. That’s an increase of more than $39,000 on each.
The last monthly distribution showed a huge leap in revenue sent to Texas County coffers: More than $106,000 on each sales tax – a leap of about 37 percent on each from 2013.
The sales tax is a key driver of the county’s financial fortunes. The county also collects a small real estate levy.