Retail activity in Douglas County continues to show growth this year through increases in local collections of the statewide sales tax.
The Kansas Department of Revenue reported that collections of the state's sales tax for the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, were up 6.73 percent over the comparable period in fiscal 1991.
For the July 1991-April 1992 period, Douglas County collections of the state sales tax totalled $19,800,210, compared with $18,552,430 for the comparable period a year earlier.
Until June 1, when the state sales tax increased to 4.9 percent, the rate was 4.25 percent.
For April alone, Douglas County's state sales tax collections totaled $1,828,461, compared with $1,338,159 in April 1991, for an increase of 36.64 percent.
However, a spokesman for the Revenue Department said the percentage increases for April were exaggerated because there were more business days in April 1992 than in the same month a year ago.
ALSO, REVENUE Department sales tax reports are subject to change as late filings are received.
The year-to-date figures for the first 10 months of fiscal 1992 left Douglas County with its traditional fifth-place ranking in terms of retail sales volume in Kansas.
The four counties that had higher July-to-April totals than Douglas County and the percentage change from the comparable period in fiscal 1991 were: Sedgwick, $134,225,980, up 8.41 percent; Johnson, $124,266,065, up 8.74 percent; Shawnee, $48,364,215, up 8.12 percent; and Wyandotte, $29,287,559, up 1.78 percent.
Immediately trailing Douglas County in sales collections for the 10-month period were Saline County, with collections of $16,494,586, up 6.7 percent, and Reno County, $16,036,884, up 3.72 percent.
THE REVENUE Department also released April collection totals for local sales taxes. The city of Lawrence, which collects a 1 percent tax on retail sales, collected $483,045 during April, up from $373,854 in April 1991.
For the first 10 months of the state's '92 fiscal year, the Lawrence sales tax total was $5,161,491, compared with $3,659,101 in fiscal '91. However, the Lawrence sales tax was 0.5 percent for the first three months of fiscal '91, making a year-to-year comparison difficult.
Other area cities, their local sales tax rates; their year-to-date totals for fiscal '92; and the percentage change from the comparable period a year earlier are: Eudora, 0.5 percent, $37,713, down 4.18 percent; DeSoto, 1 percent, $76,593, up 46.53 percent; Perry, 0.5 percent, $17,741, up 10.07 percent; and Tonganoxie, 1 percent, $144,151, up 7.41 percent.
Baldwin, which has levied a 1 percent local sales tax since the start of '92 fiscal year, collected $73,871 for the 10-month period. During the comparable period a year earlier, when the rate was 0.5 percent, the city collected $38,870 in local sales taxes.