Sales taxes see April gains

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Big boost in Monett drives up county’s receipts

Rebounding from a drop in March, sales tax receipts to Barry County cities and county governments rose in April, the third increase in the past four months, powered by a big boost from Monett.

Monett began its new fiscal year with the largest April payment on record from its two sales taxes supporting the general fund. Totaling 1 percent, the taxes generated $189,490.26, up $55,362.71, wiping out the nearly $25,000 drop in March. The sum broke the old record from 2008 by more than $4,000.

The amount pushed the 2017 total to $597,323.30, up $83,000 or almost 14 percent over last year’s pace.

Total sales tax to cities and county governments in April generated $1,697,984.35. Factoring out new transportation taxes in Monett and Verona and the parks and storm water tax in Aurora, the same taxes collected a year ago produced 8 percent more revenue.

The seven Barry County cities producing sales tax received $595,981.94. Dropping the new Monett tax, that represented a boost of 23 percent.

Cassville’s 1-percent general fund tax supported the trend, receiving $74,462.98, up $990.25. Seligman saw its first boost from the new Harp’s grocery store, receiving $10,763.75, the first time over $10,000 since July 2016 and up $4,712.17 from last April.

Wheaton saw its 1-percent tax of $4,676.40 drop $574.88 from last April. Washburn’s 1-percent general fund tax yielded $1,704.57, down $337.09. Exeter’s 1-percent tax received $1,304.23, down $880.75.

For the second time this year, Purdy’s 1-percent sales tax for general bills fell short. The tax brought in $5,289.70, down $119.40 from last April, but it was the seventh drop in the last 10 months, leaving the fiscal year tally of $47,176.93, down 22 percent from last year’s pace.

Purdy’s four-month 2017 general fund total of $20,310.52 has stretched barely ahead of last year by $200.51.

Barry County’s 911 tax yielded $128,481.94, a gain of $14,664.64 from a year ago. So far in 2017, the tax paying for the 911 system has generated $509,670.23, up by more than $34,000, or 7 percent, from last year’s pace.

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