HOG rally sales
tax numbers are a mixed bag
The numbers are in.
Asking the board of aldermen to consider various
factors, Platte City Administrator Keith Moody
presented mixed sales tax results from last Septembers
Harley Owners Group (HOG) End of the Trail
In all, the numbers compiled by Moody from information
supplied by the state, showed that while sales
tax revenues have continued to rise at generally
consistent rates for Platte City, collected sales
tax revenue at sit-down restaurants a key
statistical category when gauging HOG rally results,
according to Moody actually fell during
the period. Sales tax revenues as a whole dropped
nearly 6 percent from the previous year.
Platte Citys overall sales taxes for Sept.
2003 were up a little more than 6 percent over
the previous year but down nearly 8 percent for
the sit-down restaurant category. Fast food restaurant
sales taxes rose around 10 percent in September.
Moody said the numbers might not be an accurate
reflection of actual sales tax activity for the
month. Moody explained that sales tax numbers
are reported quarterly and there could be inconsistencies
in monthly reporting by businesses. He also asserted
that numbers were down for the sit-down category
because of delinquent payments.
We have two businesses still delinquent
in payment, Moody said. (That) can
have a serious impact on sales tax trends.
Moody said the delinquent taxes were hard to
recoup because the state was unmotivated to collect
on small amounts due and that such delinquencies
usually meant the business had ceased to operate.
Alderman Bill Knighton asked Moody if the city
had the right to pull business licenses in such
instances and Moody indicated that the city could
Mayor Dave Brooks, a major proponent of the party,
cautioned the aldermen to infer too much from
statistics, saying that he had spoken with a restaurant
owner who claimed it was one of their best nights
of business for the year.
The mayor has repeatedly expressed interest in
having the city host a similar event every fall.
He has informally asked aldermen for their support
in helping him pursue the idea and has appointed
Alderman George McClintock to take on the role
of event coordinator for the city.
McClintock told The Landmark that he didnt
have any feelings one way or the other on the
reported sales tax results.
I would have liked to have seen more specific
numbers but unfortunately the reports dont
come out that way, McClintock said.
McClintock said that the city has approached
Harley Davidson about holding another event, but
thinks the city may be changing its focus from
biker rallies. The HOG event coordinators have
already informed Brooks that they plan on holding
their end of trail event elsewhere for at least
the next decade.
Im kind of thinking that were
going to have a fall festival and (the bikers)
will add to that, rather than us adding onto (their