LIMA — In the recently-approved 2019 tax budget, Allen County Commissioners are expecting a minor bump in revenue streams for the next year, although the county could see a higher increase due to a recent Supreme Court ruling that allows states to collect sales tax on out-of-state online purchases.
“I’m not sure how that will affect Allen County,” Allen County Auditor Rachael Gilroy said.
The county projects 2019 revenues will come in at $26,024,344. The 2018 budget estimated $25,171,980 although 2017’s actual revenue was $26,495,328.
Gilroy said the county estimates each year’s tax budget from the prior year’ numbers by taking note of trends and gauging potential political consequences.
For example, in 2018’s tax budget, the county underestimated its overall revenue due to a dropped sales tax on medical equipment, which is why the 2018 budget estimate is low compared to 2017’s actual income.
Gilroy said the Internet sales tax might change how Ohio collects tax from online purchases, but the state hasn’t released details on how that would affect local municipalities quite yet.
Allen County Commissioners will begin to discuss the details of the official 2019 budget in the fall.
The county saw drops in its actual revenue from 2009 until 2013, at which point it began a steady climb, often gaining close to half a million in additional revenue each year up until 2018.
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