Sales taxes take sharp drop in November
Cities see total of 12 percent drop compared to last year
Sales tax revenue to Barry County and its cities took their sharpest drop since July in totals received in November.
Not since 2010 have totals in November dipped so much compared to the previous year.
Monett led the trend, receiving $119,452.99 on its two sales taxes paying general expenses, a drop of $24,717.18, or 17 percent. The sum placed the general fund fiscal year tally at $1,268,565.20, down $17,514.10 from last year's pace.
In contrast, the 2016 sum for Monett's general fund hit $1,731,760.99, a drop of 1 percent, or $16,571, from a year ago.
Pierce City showed a slight dip for the month. The city's two sales taxes for general bills, or 1.25 percent, produced $6,006.94, down $230.62. It was the third time in five months that Pierce City's receipts dropped from the previous year.
Another profound drop is evident in Purdy, where the city's 1-percent sales tax for general bills has fallen by comparison in four of the last five months. Purdy's tax yielded $3,356.56, down $771.10, or 19 percent, for the month. The five-month fiscal year sum of $22,715.13 reflected an $11,000 decline, or 33 percent. The 2016 total of $55,253.35 showed a more than $10,000, or 16 percent fall.
Cassville's 1-percent tax for general bills produced $57,035.58, a drop of $3.387.40 or 6 percent. Wheaton's 1-percent tax yielded $3,223.83, down $1,311.61, or a sharper 29 percent dip. Exeter's 1-percent tax produced $2,172.40, the sixth time this year the total topped $2,000, up $167.02 from a year ago. Seligman received $8,632.88, up $467.68 after two months of declines. Washburn received $865.26, up $544.23 or more than two and a half times the amount received last November.
The seven Barry County cities collecting sales tax generated $408,428.08. Compared to the same taxes collected a year ago, representing a 12 percent drop. Seligman, Washburn and Exeter were the only towns to show gains.
Barry County's two half-percent taxes produced $133,321.99, the first time Treasurer Lois Lowe could recall the same amount paid to the penny. Both were down $25,141, or 16 percent, from last November.
The sales tax supporting Barry County's 911 service received $99,976.48, a drop of nearly $19,000, a drop of 16 percent from a year ago. The 2016 sum of $1,402,385.18 is running ahead of last year's pace by over $32,000.