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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Sales tax collection rising

  • Sales tax collection in Phelps County took a leap in February that has county officials boggled.


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  • Sales tax collection in Phelps County took a leap in February that has county officials boggled.
    After taking a 28.77 percent plunge in January, collections went up 49.9 percent in February.
    “It goes up and down, but that is really an anomoly,” Phelps County Treasurer Carol Green said.
    The spike has put the county up 11.23 percent over last year which includes collections from December, January and February.
    Some see sales taxes as an indicator of economic health for an area.
    If that is the case, Phelps County appears to be on its way to economic recovery.
    Sales tax collections in Phelps County fell in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and they have risen in 2010 and 2011.
    The Phelps County Commissioners are hoping the preliminary numbers for 2012 mean the trend will continue.
    “Year-to-date up 11.23 percent, that’s just great. That’s almost worth a party,” Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp said.
    Last month, the commissioners were presented with another sign of economic recovery — planned residential construction.
    The commissioners approved a plat of land along the Gasconade River on which contractors plan to build approximately 20 single-family homes.
    It is the first plat for residential building the commission has seen in more than a year.
    “That is huge,” Verkamp said of the plans for new construction.
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