Sales tax revenues show few signs of slowing

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

For second month, Barry County up by more than 10 percent

Despite the multi-month economic shutdown from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, local sales tax receipts in July to local cities and county governments still show little evidence of stress, marking the second consecutive month where receipts grew significantly.

Barry County’s seven cities collecting sales tax received $747,244.87, up 9 percent from a year ago. Only Wheaton joined Purdy in failing to top last July’s tallies.

Cassville’s 1 percent tax paid $97,249.95 into its general fund, up $4,177.09 from last July. Seligman’s 1 percent tax for paying general bills produced $15,026.07, up $4,331.93, or 40 percent, from a year ago.

Washburn’s 1 percent tax yielded $3,405.65 for paying general bills, up $894.86, or 36 percent. Exeter’s 1 percent tax received $2,860.52, up $1,699.22, or more than double last July.

Wheaton’s unpredictable 1 percent sales tax generated

$5,173.62, down $6,172.25, or more than half of last July’s sum. Wheaton’s more predictable .5 percent tax for transportation produced $2,348.34, still down $362.28 from a year ago.

Purdy showed the impact of having no grocery store to support sales. The city recorded its lowest July numbers in four years, receiving $4,941.49 from its 1 percent general fund sales tax, down $1,988.81, or 29 percent, from a year ago to start a new fiscal year. Purdy’s 2020 general fund total has slipped behind last year’s pace by more than $1,000.

Monett’s two sales taxes supporting the general fund at 1 percent generated $203,625.04, up $22,119.84, or 12 percent, from a year ago. It was the first time ever the city’s sales tax has brought in more than $200,000 for two consecutive months.

After getting the new fiscal year off to a slow start, three months in a row of rising receipts has placed the city’s general fund total at $742,735.50, up 7 percent over the start of the last fiscal year. General fund receipts for 2020 are more than $53,000 ahead of this point a year ago.

Monett City Com-missioner Al Dohmen said it appears more people are shopping in their own communities, rather than traveling as far as Springfield or Joplin, thus supporting the local economy more than might have been predicted.

Barry County’s two .5 percent taxes each brought in $224,237 for the month, a gain of more than $26,365, or 13 percent, from last July. Receipts from those taxes paying general bills and maintaining roads are both up by more than $85,000 compared to a year ago.

Sales tax supporting the 911/central dispatching system in Barry County benefitted from the gains. The long established Barry County tax received $168,144.07, up $19,957.92, or more than 13 percent, from last July. Receipts are up by more than $64,000 this year.

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