Barry County sales tax income up by mid-year

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

General trend higher with notable municipal exceptions

Halfway through 2019, most Barry County recipients of sales tax have seen income gains, while a couple municipalities have fallen far behind last year’s numbers.

Barry County’s two half-cent sales taxes supporting the general fund and road maintenance each produced more than $186,509 in June, a gain of nearly $2,100 for each over a year ago. It was the second year in a row for a June gain and the third year the calendar year sum has reflected a gain by mid-year, even if just barely.

Barry County’s two taxes for paying general bills brought in $1,274,965.36 through June, up a little over $6,000 from a year ago or half a percent, compared to a gain of 1 percent in 2018 over 2017.

Barry County’s separate tax supporting 911 service received $139,742.49 in June, up $1,509.53 from a year ago. That put the 2019 sum at $766,886.91, up nearly $7,000 or 1 percent from last year’s pace.

Barry County’s seven cities receiving sales tax income took in $695,088.93, up 16 percent from last June, even though four cities fell short of last June’s numbers.

Cassville’s 1 percent sales tax supporting the general fund yielded $86,600.11, down $2,248.38. For the year, Cassville’s receipts are up by 4 percent.

Seligman, still digging out of three months of sharp drops compared to last year, held nearly even in June. Its 1 percent tax produced $9,132.60, down a mere 44 cents from a year ago. The weight of three months of red ink still hung heavily on the city’s financial picture, leaving the 2019 total at $53,670.63, down 30 percent from last year’s pace.

Exeter’s 1 percent sales tax brought in $2,069.59 for the general fund, down $1,471.51 from last June. That put the city’s general fund sum for 2019 at $11,737.11, down 8 percent from last year’s pace. Washburn had a better month, taking in $3,473.78 for its general fund, up $754.95 from a year ago. Washburn’s calendar year sum hit $13,549.14 for the general fund, down 9 percent from last year’s pace.

Wheaton remains in a confounding class of its own, below 2018 in five of six months. Its 1 percent tax generated $5,070.15, down only $293.36 from last year. Still, the red ink has left Wheaton’s 1 percent tax revenues down 44 percent from last year’s pace. In keeping with Wheaton’s odd receipts, its 1 percent out of sync with its .5 percent tax, the half-cent tax for street maintenance was down for the year by 34 percent.

After a disappointing May, Monett more than made up the red ink in June from its two sales taxes making 1 percent to pay general bills. The two taxes generated $198,830.90, the highest since 2007, up $22,440.80 from a year ago.

That put Monett’s three-month fiscal year sum at $511,016.50, the first time over the $500,000 mark in June. The city’s calendar year sum hit $1,010,724.2, up 7 percent from a year ago.

Purdy’s 1 percent sales tax pay for general bills produced $7,551.37 in June, down $526.52 from a year ago, the second smallest June payment in the nine years Purdy has had one tax supporting the general fund. That closed Purdy’s fiscal year at $69,411.18, the highest amount in three years, the third highest amount in nine years.

So far in 2019, Purdy’s general fund tax has yielded $35,027.17, up an impressive 23 percent from a year ago.

Countywide sales taxes showed gains from the strong municipal performances.

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