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January 20, 1999


Retail sales have been increasing, but gains in Shawnee and Johnson counties are much bigger.

Douglas County's retail sales growth continues to be outpaced by neighboring counties, new figures show.

The Kansas Department of Revenue's latest monthly sales tax report showed the county collected $787,234 during November, down 0.54 percent from the same period a year earlier.

An analysis of the state's monthly sales tax receipt figures for the past 12 months showed countywide retail sales averaged $84.53 million per month from December 1997 through November 1998. According to Lawrence-based Wakarusa Valley Development Inc., which does the monthly analysis, that represented an increase of 5.22 percent over the same period a year earlier.

But Douglas County's performance was overshadowed by three of four neighboring counties, the analysis found.

Shawnee County had monthly average retail sales of $201.23 million through No-vember, up nearly 13 percent from a year earlier. Johnson County, with a monthly average of $615.42 million, was up about 11 percent. And Jefferson County, with a monthly average of $5.89 million, saw an increase of more than 6 percent.

Only Franklin County, whose $18.22 million monthly average represented a 2.57 percent increase, saw slower growth than Douglas County.

The state's latest sales tax report showed Lawrence tax collections increased during November, to $725,767 from $452,469 a year ago.

The city and county each collect a 1-cent tax. The state's sales tax is 4.9 percent. Here's a look at November sales tax collections and the amount of change in surrounding communities:

  • Baldwin, 1-cent tax -- $9,711, up 0.01 percent from November 1997.
  • DeSoto, 1-cent -- $9,409, up 0.01 percent.
  • Eudora, half-cent -- $6,460, up 0.34 percent.
  • Ottawa, half-cent -- $61,040, up 0.72 percent.
  • Perry, half-cent -- $2,467, down 0.06 percent
  • Tonganoxie, 1-cent -- $16,319, down 0.12 percent.

-- Richard Brack's phone message number is 832-7194. His e-mail address is

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