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Ottawa sales tax proceeds rise in fall

By The Herald Staff | 10/14/2013

Cash registers were ringing loud and clear in September.

The City of Ottawa’s total sales tax proceeds for September were up $19,011.52, or 10.35 percent, compared to the same month last year, Scott Bird, the city’s finance director, said. Collections were $202,765 last month, compared to $183,753 in September 2012, according to a city report.

Cash registers were ringing loud and clear in September.

The City of Ottawa’s total sales tax proceeds for September were up $19,011.52, or 10.35 percent, compared to the same month last year, Scott Bird, the city’s finance director, said. Collections were $202,765 last month, compared to $183,753 in September 2012, according to a city report.

The portion of total county proceeds the city received in September also was up $8,515.35, or 9.94 percent, compared to September 2012, the report showed.

Local sales tax proceeds were strong in September, Bird said, with city sales tax up $21,786, or 13.43 percent, compared to the same month in 2012.

September’s numbers looked encouraging, Bird said, with the exception of destination based sales tax.

“Destination based sales tax was disappointing, down $2,775 for the city portion and down $1,788 for the county share,” Bird said in his report. “Nevertheless, the overall trend [for sales tax receipts] continues to be positive, slightly outpacing 2008.”

The city is on pace to have its best sales tax collection year on record, Bird said.

Through September 2013, total sales tax collections for the year were $2,720,022, up $144,959.94, or 5.63 percent, compared to collections of $2,575,063 through the first nine months of 2012.

When total receipts are compared to the first nine months of the overall 2013 budget for all sales tax categories, the results are ahead of budget by 1.22 percent or $32,898, Bird said.

“We have been running ahead most of the year, and that’s encouraging,” Bird said. “We’ve been positive [compared to 2012] in six of the nine months.”

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