Scioto County has recorded revenue from the permissive sales tax of over $5 million on the year. Scioto County Commissioners Chairman Bryan Davis said the latest figures, which are for March, show the one-percent tax produced $691,560.16 while the half-a-percent tax created revenue in the amount of $345,781.20.
When the two figures are added together, the total for the month of March was $1,037,341.36. So far in 2017, the permissive sales tax has brought in $5,359,310.21. The increase for March over March 2016 stands at $59,662.10.
The year-to-date increase over last year is at $217,236.93.
Davis explained the way the numbers are disbursed is the original one percent sales tax first, which is the $691,000 figure separate from the .5 percent that was attached later. That figure is reflected in the $345,000 amount.
“They do them separately and that’s how they come to the total,” Davis said. “We’re at our max at 1.5. The state can change theirs, but it would take an act by the Legislature for us to be able to do more.”
One of the things that has troubled the county commissioners is the elimination of the MCO tax. In 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) declared that, as of July 2017, Ohio’s Medicaid MCO sales tax would no longer be a permissible taxing method used to draw down Medicaid matching funds from the federal government.
Davis said, if the current status remains in effect, Scioto County stands to lose $2 million, or 17 percent of the county’s sales tax revenue, and that will kick in in the fourth quarter of this year. While lobbying efforts have been conducted, Davis does not seem hopeful that anything will be done.
“We are hearing nothing out of the Senate,” Davis said. “We’re preparing for the worst case scenario.”
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