Sales tax revenue collected by county merchants is up about 4 percent in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period a year ago, reports the Missouri Department of Revenue. 

Tax revenue from out-of-state sales is proving to be a winner for Texas County government. 

In the first quarter of the year, $86,929 was received. Voters last year agreed to pass a “use tax” that collects the sales tax on out-of-state orders where no tax was previously generated.

Merchants in the county collect three half-cent sales taxes for operational needs, debt repayment on the justice center and upkeep of facilities. Each totaled about $290,533 for the quarter. That’s up $11,205 on each – or up about 4 percent compared to the same period in 2018. 

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