Sales tax revenue climbs in June

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Most town, county taxes gain; Monett drops

For the fifth consecutive month, sales tax income to Barry County and its cities has shown an increase over last year, though the growth was not universal and Monett, which was the standout gainer in May, was the standout loser in June.

Barry County’s two .5 percent sales taxes each produced around $194,400, both up by $2,600 from a year ago. Barry County’s tax for paying general bills has received $1,017,640.92 in the first half of the year, up 1 percent from a year ago.

The sales tax funding Barry County’s 911 system generated $138,232.96 in June, up nearly $2,000 over a year ago. That put the half-year tally for the tax at $759,989.49, up about $7,000 from last year’s pace.

The seven Barry County cities collecting sales tax produced $600,361.22. Factoring out the new Monett sales tax to fund the aquatic center, that represented a 1 percent increase, with only Washburn joining Monett in the negative column.

Cassville’s 1 percent tax for general bills generated $88,848.49, up $6,151.12 from a year ago. That put the city’s general fund total for the first half of 2018 down by $1,224.42 or a fraction of a percent from a year ago.

Seligman’s 1 percent tax produced $9,133.04 to pay general bills, up $3,935.17, up 76 percent from a year ago, putting the general fund total at $76,509.60 for the year, up by 54 percent.

Wheaton’s 1 percent tax yielded $5,363.51, up $3,199.57, or almost 2.5 times the sum from last June. The city’s general fund total of $37,774 was up for the year by 21 percent, while the city’s half-cent tax was up by only 9 percent, reflecting the continuing extra funding reaching the city. Exeter’s 1 percent tax received $3,541.10, up $1,555.03 or 78 percent from a year ago, putting the city’s 2018 sum of $12,810.94 up 12 percent over last year.

Monett’s two sales taxes making up 1 percent for paying general bills generated $153,947.33 in June, down $9,164.06 from a year ago. That made for the slowest start for a new fiscal year in three years, $13,000 below 2016 and 2017, but higher than starts from 2009 through 2015.

For the first half of 2018, Monett’s general fund taxes have received $945,943.65, down 2 percent from last year’s pace with only three of the six months showing gains.

Purdy, in contrast, followed the upward trend seen by most Barry County cities. Purdy’s 1 percent tax for paying general bills yielded $5,013.87, up $1,103.31 from a year ago. However, except for last year, it was the lowest June payment since the city dropped to collecting only one tax for the general fund in 2010.

That concluded Purdy’s fiscal year at $65,212.93, up nearly 14 percent from a year ago and higher that collections in fiscal years ending in 2011 though 2014. The 2018 sum hit $28,530.36, down 6 percent from a year ago.

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