Sales tax receipts see July leap

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

For the fourth time in seven months, sales tax receipts have jumped by more than 20 percent compared to the same month a year ago.

July numbers registered a 21 percent spike, with every town except Seligman registering gains.

The seven Barry County cities generating sales tax received $561,319.13. Comparing the same taxes collected a year ago, that represented an increase of 12 percent.

Cassville received $91,339.33 from its one percent sales tax for general expenses, up $17,530.54 or 24 percent from a year ago. Receipts in Seligman, the only town not reflecting a gain, fell by 17 percent.

Purdy's 1-percent sales tax for general expenses also hit a new July record of $7,100.90, topping the 2008 record by more than $500. The sum grew by $3,081.71 or 77 percent over last July.

The July payment sent Purdy's 2014 general fund total past last year's pace for the first time by more than $2,000.

Monett's one percent sales tax for general expenses generated $191,508.29, a record for July, besting the 2011 mark by more than $2,000. The total surpassed last July's sum by $15,407.97. The three-month fiscal year total of $645,730.09 bested all other amounts for the period, except the record in 2008 before the economic downturn set in, which ran $26,000 higher.

Monett's 2014 general fund total has surpassed last year's pace by $35,000 or over 3 percent.

Barry County's two 1-percent sales taxes each produced $208,263 for the month, up by more than $48,000 or 30 percent from a year ago. The 2014 total topped last year's pace by 12 percent.

Barry County's 911 tax yielded $156,048 in July, up 30 percent from a year ago. The tax in 2014 has produced $815,452.83, nearly $300,000 or 54 percent more than a year ago.

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