Sales taxes mixed in January

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Barry County, city of Cassville see drops in revenues

For the first time since last April, local sales tax revenue took a distinct dip in January from what has generally been a continuous increase from local shopping during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Barry County's seven municipalities collecting sales tax received $605,216.71, a drop of more than $20,000, or 3.4 percent, with Seligman, Wheaton, Exeter and Purdy in the gains column.

Cassville's 1 percent tax pulled in $82,321.60 to pay its general bills, down $4,976.85 from a year ago.

Seligman mustered $10,305.95 from its 1 percent sales tax, a gain of $1,071.95, or nearly 12 percent.

Wheaton's sales tax again returned to its unpredictable pattern, generating nearly three times the amount of the .5 percent sales tax in its 1 percent general fund tax. Wheaton received $6,769.45, up $2,609.36, or 63 percent, above a year ago.

Washburn's 1 percent tax produced $2,263.40 for its general fund, down $656.11, only the second drop since last April.

Exeter barely eked out a gain of $29.79 for the month to receive $500.91, its seventh consecutive monthly gain.

Purdy's 1 cent sales tax for its general fund received $5,881.12 in January, up $717.47 from a year ago. In the 11 years Purdy has collected one tax for its general fund, it was the third highest January sum on record, the sixth time the total has topped $5,000.

That put Purdy's seven-month fiscal year total at $38,973.80, having topped the previous year only four times, leaving the total nearly $700 behind the previous year, but just above the 2017-2018 pace.

Monett saw a break in its COVID-19 shopping onslaught that drove local sales tax revenues to an all-time high in 2020, up 7 percent for the calendar year. The city's two sales taxes supporting the general fund at 1 percent generated $161,515.96 in January, down $6,740.78 or 4 percent from a year ago. The sum was still the fifth highest January on record.

Monett's 10-month fiscal year total reached $1,822,678.98, up $130,000 or 8 percent from last year's pace, after hovering in the $1.6 million range for five consecutive years.

Countywide taxes reflected the split in the municipal results.

Barry County's two .5 percent sales taxes supporting its general fund and road maintenance each took in $172,859, down more than $19,000, or 10 percent, for each. That broke three months of consecutive gains.

Sales taxes supporting 911 and central dispatching services both showed declines. The Barry County tax of .375 percent generated $129,639.04, a drop of 20 percent for the month.

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