Sales tax shows slight drop in September
3 Barry County cities top sums from same month last year
September sales tax receipts, usually the largest of the year for area subdivisions, dipped slightly from a year ago, but year-to-date tallies after three quarters show most tallies running better or very close to last year.
Of the seven Barry County cities, only Cassville, Wheaton and Exeter topped last September's sums. Cassville's 1-percent general fund tax yielded $99,046.40, up $8,587.77. Wheaton received $8,114.96, more than double last September's amount. Exeter's 1-percent tax produced $2,668.37, up by $417.66.
After three quarters, 1 percent general fund taxes for the seven Barry County cities with sales tax made the following comparisons with a year ago: Monett, $1,450,087.49 (down by $6,591.31 or less than .5 percent); Cassville, $708,203.13 (+ $409.11, less than 1 percent; Seligman, $79,778.88 (down 9 percent); Wheaton, $48,870.78 (down 5 percent); Purdy, $47,507.72 (down 17 percent); Washburn, $21,620.14 (+8 percent); Exeter, $17,774.82 (+11 percent).
Monett's two sales taxes for general bills, collecting 1 percent, generated $192,083.51 for the month, down $31,796.62 from a year ago. Over the last seven years, with sums ranging from $170,000 to $223,000, this September total fell in the middle. The six-month fiscal year total reached $986,891.70, only $7,535.52 below last year's pace and $60,000 better than in 2013.
Purdy saw its best September disbursement in three years. The city's 1-percent sales tax for the general fund produced $6,052.86, up $246.09 from a year ago. However, it's been a slow start to Purdy's fiscal year. After three months, Purdy's general fund has totaled $14,969.50, down 41 percent from last year's pace.
Barry County's two half-percent sales taxes each produced approximately $226,050, down $11,264 from a year ago. The tax for general bills has generated $1,485,595.69 after three quarters, down 4 percent for the year.
Barry County's sales tax supporting the 911 service generated $169,673,98 for the month, down $8,269.02 from a year ago. For 2016, the tax has collected $1,169,745.88, up almost $32,000 or 3 percent.