Sales tax revenue down in Joplin

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Sales tax revenue is down in the city of Joplin this month.

It’s a drop of 28 percent from last year — a difference of more than one point two million dollars. But city workers say much of the drop is likely connected to software issues at the state last year. December 2017 saw a second check from the state to make up funding shortages in earlier months — leading to an excessively high total.

“It was one point one million dollars it’s a little bit higher than 2016. So yes, it would be, what we collected for December of this year is in line with previous collections,” says Leslie Haase, Joplin Finance Director.

The city finished the 2018 budget at the end of October, with an increase of eight percent in sales tax revenue for the fiscal year.

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