Sales tax collections in Phelps County were up in October after decreasing in September compared to the same two months in 2011.

Phelps County Treasurer Carol Green presented updated sales tax figures to the Phelps County Commissioners Thursday morning.

Sales tax collections were up by 6.22 percent in October of 2012 compared to October of 2011.

After taking a 28.77 percent plunge in January, collections went up 49.9 percent in February compared to the first two months in 2011.

In March of this year, collections were up by 2.52 percent but decreased by 32.89 percent in April compared to collections in the same two months in 2011. In May, collections bounced back up by 22.31 percent compared to May of 2011.

June 2012 showed a 10.54 percent decrease in collections compared to June 2011 and July of this year reported a 2.4 percent decrease compared to July 2011.

Collections were up 4.71 percent in August 2012 compared to August 2011 and collections decreased by 3.07 percent in September 2012 compared to September 2011.

Sales tax collections in Phelps County fell in 2007, 2008 and 2009, but they have risen in the past two years. This year so far, county sales tax is up compared to last year.