Sales tax slide presents challenge for county governments
Mahoning County officials have touted a continued 3 percent growth in sales tax collections as reason for optimism as they face a $4.5 million budget shortfall with the loss of revenue from a statewide tax on Medicaid managed-care organizations.
Yet 2017 data from the state Department of Taxation shows a 1.8 percent decline in sales tax collections in Mahoning County.
This creates a new concern as officials struggle to maintain revenue levels and continue to fund the government.
As online commerce continues to grow, a decline in foot traffic at brick-and-mortar stores and a complicated collection system for some online sales could further erode the sales tax base counties rely on as their main source of funds.
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