Big start to the new year

Jan. 21—NORWALK — Huron County sales tax collection has rolled right into 2023.

The January report, released by Auditor Roland Tkach, was another record-setter.

The county's portion was $1,079,080, which was a record for the month.

"These are very positive numbers to begin the new year," Tkach said, adding the county is already at 3 percent more than the estimate after one month.

"We're going to keep a very close eye on sales tax in 2023 to see if this trend continues," the auditor added. "I'm cautiously optimistic."

In the latest report, mom-and-pop and big-box stores each accounted for 26 percent of the overall total.

Internet sales checked in at 18 percent and vehicle sales were at about 15 percent.

Liquor sales were up about 7 percent compared to the same month a year ago.

In 2022, sales tax made up 64 percent of the general fund revenue.

"This is definitely a great start," Tkach said. "We'll see what happens moving forward."