Douglas County's collection of the state's 4.25 percent sales tax rose in December compared with revenues collected in both November and December 1988.
The county took in state sales tax totaling $1.702 million in December 1989, compared with $1.673 million the previous month, according to Kansas Department of Revenue figures.
December's collections were up 6.25 percent compared with the December 1988 collections of $1.602 million.
So far during the the state's fiscal year, which began July 1, the county has collected $10.064 million, a 9.75 percent increase compared with the same period a year ago, when $9.17 million had been collected.
Douglas County's state tax receipts for December indicated the county continues to have the fifth wealthiest retail economy in the state.
The four counties ahead of Douglas, their total receipts for December and the percentage change from December 1988 were:
Sedgwick, $11.465 million, down 6.01 percent; Johnson, $10.616 million, down 1.95 percent; Shawnee, $4.379 million, down 3.36 percent; and Wyandotte, $3.043 million, up 4.84 percent.
Immediately behind Douglas County in December collection of the state sales tax were: Reno County, $1.477 million, up 6.58 percent; and Saline County, $1.404 million, down 11.6 percent.
The revenue department also released November collection figures for the half-cent sales tax Lawrence and other area cities levy.
During December, Lawrence merchants collected $221,772 of the local tax, a 0.3 percent drop from December 1988. The city collected $234,113 in November and $230,674 in October.
So far, through the state's fiscal year, Lawrence merchants have collected $1,387,516, a 4.49 percent increase from the $1,327,873 collected in December 1988.
Other area cities, their December collection totals and the percentage change from the November 1988 totals were:
Baldwin, $4,535, up 35.75 percent; DeSoto, $3,685, up 4.57 percent; Eudora, $2,912, down 13.93 percent; and Perry, $1,259, down 21.34 percent.
Tonganoxie collected $10,110 for its one-cent city sales tax, a drop for the $13,398 it collected in November. Tonganoxie did not collect a one-cent tax a year ago.