Sales tax receipts up for 4th month

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cassville up 10 percent over 2014 totals

For the fourth consecutive month, sales tax receipts to Barry County and its cities increased compared to a year ago.

The seven Barry County cities collecting sales tax produced $665,169.51 in revenue. Comparing the same taxes as a year ago, income rose by 16 percent. Only Wheaton failed to top last September's payment.

Cassville's 1-percent tax for general bills generated $90,458.63, up $5,764.36 from last September, putting receipts up 10 percent for 2015 after three quarters. Seligman's 1-percent tax yielded $14,663.94, up $3,854.05 from a year ago. The new Walmart has helped push Seligman's receipts for 2015 up by 47 percent compared to last year's pace.

Washburn's 1-percent tax, up for the third time in four months, produced $3,880.46, up $1,003.68 from a year ago, putting the 2015 sum after three quarters up by 12 percent. Exeter topped $2,000 for the third time this year, receiving $2,250.71, up $578.90 from last September. Exeter's 2015 sum topped last year's pace by 8 percent. Wheaton's 1 percent tax, receiving $3,888.42, half of last September's tally, still has 9 percent more for 2015 than a year ago.

Purdy's sales taxes surpassed last year for the sixth consecutive month. The 1-percent sales tax for general bills received $5,806.77, up $585.54 from a year ago but down $1,000 from 2013. Thanks to the windfall double payment in July, Purdy's general fund after three months in the new fiscal year tallies 66 percent higher than typical.

For 2015, Purdy's general fund tax has generated $57,365,52, or 34 percent, ahead of last year's pace.

Barry County's two half-percent taxes each generated $237,314, each up by more than $20,550. Receipts on the two taxes each topped last year's pace by 5 percent after three quarters.

Barry County's 911 tax produced $177,943 for the month, up $15,399.28, or 9 percent, from a year ago. The 2015 sum of $1,137,842.32 has topped last year's pace by nearly 6 percent.

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