Sales tax revenue down in BarCo

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Overall receipts dip by 4 percent for month

After four months of sales tax returns besting last year's totals, receipts in Barry County dipped in October.

The seven Barry County cities with sales tax generated $471,307.12, down 4 percent in comparing the same taxes collected a year ago.

Only Seligman and Washburn in Barry County topped last October's totals. Seligman's 1-percent tax yielded $10,584.44, up $3,456.72, or 48 percent. Washburn, where receipts have been up in four of the last five months, received $2,033.29 from its 1-percent tax, up $453.26, or 29 percent.

Cassville's 1-percent tax generated $71,664.01, down $1,750.46. Exeter received $1,258.03, down $165.60. Wheaton's half-percent tax dipped by only $1.02, while the 1-percent tax produced $4,535.44, a drop of $869.71 from a year ago.

In Monett, which has seen sales tax income rise in six of the last nine months, the two sales taxes generating revenue for the general fund produced $147,481.92, down $9,664.33 from last October. The city's four sales taxes produced more than $17,000 less than a year ago.

Monett's seven-month fiscal year general fund total of $1,141,909.14 is $43,000 less than last year's pace. The 2015 total is ahead of last year by more than $73,000.

Receipts in Purdy took a 26 percent drop for the month. Purdy's 1-percent sales tax for general bills took a 26-percent drop from last October. The general fund produced $4,508.65, down $1,618.46 from a year ago.

Purdy sales tax receipts have been up in seven of the last 10 months, including three out of four in the new fiscal year. The fiscal year total is up by $8,000, and the 2015 sum has topped last year's pace by $13,000, or 26 percent.

Countywide taxes reflected the municipal trend. Barry County's two half-cent taxes each generated $151,122.56, down $2,638, or 2 percent.

The sales tax funding Barry County's 911 tax produced $113,286.34 for the month, down nearly $2,000 from a year ago.

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