Sales tax collections by Houston merchants dropped about 9.1 percent from the same monthly period a year ago, according to the latest monthly distribution by the Missouri Department of Revenue.

About $44,737 was collected from a one-cent sales tax. That’s a decrease of $4,496 from the same period a year ago. For the first 10 months of the year, about $593,159 has been collected. That’s up about 1.2 percent from 2015.

Merchants also collect two quarter-cent sales taxes for street, sidewalk and utility work. Each has contributed about $144,363, which is up about $3,145 each.

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