Municipal sales taxes show sharp increase in July

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

BarCo cities receive 23 
percent more from same taxes

Only one of the seven Barry County cities collecting a sales tax failed to surpass last July's totals.

The cities' totals came in at $720,868.15, up 23 percent from a year ago.

Cassville's 1-percent tax hit an all-time record for July of $119,268.55 for the general fund, up $27,929.22.

Seligman's 1-percent tax produced $10,672.71, up 56 percent from last July.

Wheaton's 1-percent general fund tax yielded $29,34.10, up $246.36 from last July.

Only Washburn fell off the trend, receiving $2,501.85, down more than 30 percent, the third drop for Washburn 
in four months.

Purdy received a complete surprise when the city's 1-percent sales tax produced $14,326.78, double last July's payout for the general fund. Receipts from the city's two half-percent sales taxes jumped by 68 percent.

The city then got a fourth check for $2,350.29, apparently a late payment on the sunsetted 1-percent tax, not collected since mid-2010 when voters split the tax into two remaining half-percent taxes. Payments on Purdy's 1-percent tax have surpassed last year's pace by nearly $12,000 or 34 percent.

Barry County's two half-percent taxes yielded nearly $206,400 each, each down by nearly $1,864 from last July, in direct contrast to the municipal totals.

Barry County's 911 tax followed the same trend, receiving $149,017.83, down from last July by nearly $7,000. The 2015 sum for the 911 tax of $855,277.11 is nearly $40,000 or 5 percent higher than last year's pace.

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