Sales taxes dip in March

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Cassville, Purdy only entities showing gains

Sales tax to Barry County and its cities largely dropped in March, leaving most recipients lagging compared to the first quarter of 2018.

Barry County’s two .5 percent sales taxes for general bills and road maintenance each produced $168,314, down from last March by $9,145. Barry County’s first quarter sums shows a 1 percent drop in income.

Barry County’s sales tax supporting the separate 911 service received $126,212.67 in March, down $6,837.93 from a year ago. For the first quarter of 2019, receipts are down by less than 1 percent.

Barry County’s seven cities receiving sales tax took in $607,787.10, down 2 percent from last March. Cassville joined Purdy in besting last year’s receipts.

Cassville’s 1 percent tax received $131,330.61 for the general fund, up $3,377.83 from a year ago. Up in two of three months to start the quarter, Cassville’s general fund sum for 2019 of $238,364.84 is up 2 percent over the start of 2018.

Purdy’s 1 percent sales tax for its general fund yielded $5,189.85 in March, up $76.58 from a year ago. Up three months in a row, the general fund sum of $51,679.40 is $3,000 above last year’s pace. For the first quarter of 2019, Purdy’s income at $17,295.39 is up 45 percent from the start of last year.

Seligman’s 1 percent general fund generated $7,546.01 in March, down $1,347.50 from a year ago. For the quarter, Seligman’s receipts are down by 4 percent. Washburn’s 1 percent tax for the general fund yielded $3,088.59, a drop of $405.53. For the quarter, Washburn’s receipts are off by 10 percent.

Wheaton saw another dramatic example of its receipts making no sense, a pattern that has continued for three years. The city’s 1 percent tax received $1,690.77, down $10,460.04 from a year ago. The amount received wasn’t even double the .5 percent tax for transportation. Wheaton’s first quarter receipts for its general fund of $10,744.70 are down 57 percent from a year ago, while receipts from the .5 percent sales tax are down by 51 percent.

Monett’s two sales taxes funding the general fund generated $172,159.60, down $3,928.28 from a year ago. It was the third drop in income in four months. However, closing the fiscal year, Monett’s general fund received $2,008,406.28, cracking the $2 million mark for the first time, topping last year’s sum by nearly $14,000.

Despite the dip, Monett’s general fund received $499,708.23 for the first quarter of 2019, up 3.5 percent from the start of 2018.

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