Sales tax revenues in Jackson County fell sharply in November, dropping 28 percent from November 2007.
That decline was the worst monthly drop in 2008 for the county. Officials said if December shows another large decline, the county could end 2008 $575,000 under what had been anticipated for the year. The county had budgeted $6.3 million in anticipated sales tax income.
November’s sales tax number was the weakest for the month since 2003. Sales tax revenues peaked in Jackson County in 2007 with a total of $6.3 million. But the economic downturn in 2008 has battered sales and resulted in lower revenues for local governments.