Sales tax receipts in October show marginal gains

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Barry County up over same month in 2018 but down for year

Sales tax totals for Barry County and its cities in October showed positive trends.

Sales tax to Barry County cities and county governments in October totaled $1,667,790.58, up .5 percent, or nearly $8,000, from a year ago. It was the first October gain in three years.

Barry County’s seven cities generating sales tax took in $547,487.35, up 1 percent, or nearly $5,000, from last October. Cassville, Seligman, Washburn and Wheaton all carved out gains.

Cassville’s 1 percent sales tax delivered $74,144.25 to pay general bills, up $735.39 from last October, only the second gain in the last five months. Seligman’s 1 percent tax produced $10,581.89, up $1,257.03, or 13 percent, from last October, the third gain in four months.

Washburn’s 1 percent tax yielded $3,732.42 for the general fund, a gain of $1,842.95, nearly double last October. That made two monthly gains after two months of drops. Wheaton’s general fund 1 percent tax took in $5,857.76, up $2,450.16, or 72 percent, from a year ago, making four gains in the last six months.

That left Exeter to receive $1,662.89 from its 1 percent tax, down a mere $124.56 from last October. It was only Exeter’s second gain in five months compared to 2018.

The greater municipal gains in Barry County boosted totals for the countywide taxes. Barry County’s .5 percent tax for its general fund and its comparable tax for road maintenance each pulled in $170,843, reflecting gains of more than $4,250 for each

Monett did not reflect the positive trend. For the second month in a row, Monett’s two sales taxes for paying general bills at a total of 1 percent, fell short of last year’s pace, bringing in $144,604.61, down $1,581.55 from a year ago.

It was the third drop in the last four months, bringing the seven-month fiscal year sum to $1,200,587.39, still almost $13,000 ahead of last year’s pace. The calendar year sum of $1,700,295.62 has outpaced 2018 by almost $30,000.

Purdy’s 1 percent sales tax for its general fund also lost ground. Bringing in $3,866.35, the tax delivered $1,853.22, a third less than a year ago. With the second drop in four months, Purdy’s fiscal year sum of $24,038.62 fell below last year’s pace for the first time by almost $1,000.

Purdy’s 2019 total of $59,748.31 is still almost $4,000 ahead of 2018 after 10 months.

Barry County’s two .5 percent taxes for its general fund and road and bridge maintenance have both received just under $1.8 million in 2019, but have lagged behind 2018 since June, now trailing by more than $20,000.

Barry County’s separate sales tax supporting 911 service received $128,110.13 for October, a gain of $3,113.66 over a year ago. The 2019 sum of $1,354,137.67 remains lagging behind last year’s pace by about $7,500.

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