January sales tax receipts show gains

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

County up 12 percent, Cassville up 5

Sales tax receipts to Barry County and its cities in January got off to a generally positive start for 2020.

Barry County’s two half-cent taxes for general operations and maintaining roads and bridges each took in more than $191,861, gaining more than $20,943, or 12 percent, over last January.

Barry County’s separate sales tax supporting the 911 system received $143,896.52, up $15,714.37, or 12 percent, from last January.

The seven Barry County cities generating sales tax took in $626,547.57, an increase of 3 percent, even with only half the cities showing gains.

Cassville’s 1 percent sales tax generated $87,298.45, a gain of $4,447.59, or 5 percent. Seligman’s 1 percent general fund tax produced $9,234, eking out a $952.93 gain. Washburn’s 1 percent tax yielded $2,919.51, a $940.55, or 47 percent, gain.

Wheaton’s 1 percent general fund tax generated $4,160.04, down $688.86 from a year ago. Wheaton’s tax continued its erratic pattern, producing nearly triple the amount of the city’s half-cent transportation tax.

Exeter’s 1 percent general fund tax received $471.12, a fraction of a typical month, down $1,265.14, or 73 percent, from last January.

Purdy’s 1 percent sales tax for its general fund received $5,163.65, down $1,942.77, or 27 percent, from a year ago. In the last five years, only one January has had a lower total, and the third drop in receipts in the last four months.

Seven months into the fiscal year, Purdy’s sales tax has generated $39,681.11 for the general fund, down nearly $2,000 from last year’s pace.

Monett has a strong start to the new year. The city’s two sales taxes for the general fund at 1 percent generated $168,256.74, up $5,035.18, or 3 percent, from a year ago, showing a January gain for the second year in a row. The sum was still $31,000 under the January record in 2017.

For the 10th month in Monett’s fiscal year, the general fund has received $1,690,772.77 from sales tax. That was up nearly $20,000, or 1 percent, from a year ago.

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