Sales tax makes strong showing in August

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Monett 1 of only 2 cities failing to top 2014 totals

The summer surge in sales tax receipts to Barry County cities and county governments continued in August.

The seven Barry County cities with sales taxes received $401,576.86, up 3 percent from a year ago when comparing the same taxes. Cassville's 1-percent tax for general bills yielded $68,693.23, up almost $8,600. Seligman's 1-percent tax produced $7,637.84, more than double last August's $3,295.63 thanks to the new Walmart. Washburn's 1-percent generated $2,147.14, up $1,664.52 or more than four times last August's sum.

Wheaton's 1-percent tax generated $3,888.42, down $721.33 while Exeter's 1-percent held nearly even at $1,861.17, a $62.40 gain.

Purdy's 1-percent sales tax for general bills showed July's historic double payment was not entirely a fluke. In August, the city received $5,224.84, up $2,290.69 from a year ago, the fifth consecutive month of gains. The total was the highest sum for August since 2009. For 2015, Purdy's general fund tax has risen more than $14,000 above last year's pace.

Monett's four sales taxes showed gains of more than $53,000 in both June and July, so the drop in August of nearly $23,000 did not offset the recent gains. The city's two sales taxes for general bills totaling 1 percent produced $115,302.67 in August, a drop of $13,052.67. The five-month fiscal year tally of $770,547.09 fell about $3,500 from last year's pace, but still stands as the third highest on record. The 2008 sum of $785,300.77 remains the high watermark. Monett's general fund sum for 2015 surpassed last August by $45,000.

Barry County's two half-cent sales taxes each produced $140,122, up $6,505 from a year ago. The 2015 totals are up by $55,000 compared to a year ago.

Barry County's 911 tax produced $104,622.21 for the month, up a little more than $4,600 from last August. The 2015 sum is up by $54,000, or nearly 5 percent.

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