Sales tax income holds strong in October
Barry County cities see 8 percent rise
Sales tax to Barry County cities saw a significant boost in October, with Cassville and Monett leading the upswing.
The seven Barry County cities collecting sales tax received $550,054.61 for the month, a gain of 8 percent compared with the same taxes collected a year ago. Cassville and Monett led the charge, with Cassville's general fund 1-percent tax producing $79,125.82, up $7,461.81 from last October.
Monett's two sales taxes for its general fund, a total of 1 percent, generated $162,220.51 in October, up $14,738.59 or 10 percent from a year ago. The sum erased almost half of the drop in September and pushed the seven-month fiscal year total to $1,49,112.21, back over last year's pace by $7,203 after falling under for one month. The 2016 total of $1,612,308 is ahead of last year by slightly more than $8,000.
Nearly even with a year ago were Washburn, receiving $2,190.99 on its 1-percent tax, up $157.70, and Wheaton with $4,607.34, up $71.90. Exeter's 1-percent tax took in $1,846.32, up $588.29, or 48 percent. Only Seligman's 1-percent tax dropped at $8,704.70, down by $1,870.74.
Purdy's 1-percent sales tax to pay general bills rallied only once, in September, to top 2015. The October amount was down for the third time in four months, producing $4,389.07, a drop of $119.58. Purdy's fiscal year sum is running $10,000 under last year, as is the 2016 total at $51,896.79.
Barry County's half-cent countywide taxes reflected big gains for the month. Each produced more than $176,919, each up by more than $25,797. The 2016 totals on each tax are in the $1,662,600 range, down by about $8,000.
The sales tax supporting Barry County's 911 tax generated $132,662.82 in October, a gain of nearly $20,000. The 911 tax has received $1,302,408.70 in 2016, a gain of nearly $109,155, or 9 percent from a year ago.