Sales tax revenues a mixed bag in April

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

4 of 7 Barry County cities see boosts

It was a mixed bag of results for sales tax revenues in Barry County in April, as four of the county’s seven cities saw gains, and the county itself saw a gain in one tax but losses in others.

Countywide sales taxes logged drops in the older taxes and showed a gain in the newer one.

Barry County’s two half-cent taxes for its general fund and road upkeep each generated slightly more than $175,761, below last April by more than $5,706 a piece. The county’s newest sales tax, a .125 percent tax that augments the general fund, received $43,895.32, a gain of $1,614.90.

The separate sales tax supporting 911 services in Barry County yielded $131,766.30, a drop of $1,217.89 from a year ago. For 2019, the tax has taken in $507,478.53, nearly $3,600 under the first four months of 2018.

The seven Barry County cities receiving sales tax took in a total of $620,865.79, a gain of 1 percent over last April. Four cities saw enough gains to offset declines in the others.

Cassville mounted the biggest rally next to Monett in the bi-county region. Its 1 percent general fund tax generated $81,522.86, up $11,281.72, or 16 percent, the third time in four months Cassville has topped last year’s pace. Exeter followed Miller’s model and took in $3,066.20 from its 1 percent tax, up $129.68 from a year ago.

The biggest drop of the month took place in Seligman, which received three times its typical sales tax sum last April. This year Seligman’s 1 percent tax received $8,600.56, down $25,394.38 from last April, but more than the amount received in April 2016.

Washburn also saw a drop, with its 1 percent tax yielding $2,332.94, down $1,161.18. Wheaton saw another month of unusually small receipts. Its 1 percent sales tax for general bills generated $2,887.33, less than half the amount received last April.

For the fourth consecutive month, Purdy’s 1 percent sales tax supporting the general fund outperformed last year. The tax yielded $6,245.56, up $1,387.72, or nearly 29 percent, from last March, the first time since 2015 the April total has topped $6,000. The sum stretched Purdy’s 10-month general fund fiscal year tally to $57,924.96, more than $4,000 better than a year ago and the biggest positive margin all year.

For 2019, Purdy’s general fund has generated $23,540.95, up more than $7,000 from last year’s pace.

A big rally in Monett’s numbers largely offset lackluster performances in other towns. Monett’s two sales taxes supporting the general fund at 1 percent delivered $173,279.35 into city coffers, up $18,757.24, or 12 percent, compared to last April, more than enough to make up for drops in February and March.

The sum started the new fiscal year in Monett with the third best beginning on record, behind 2017 and 2008. It also set the general fund sum after four months at $672,987.58, or $35,702 ahead of last year’s pace.

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