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Sales tax totals continue downward trend

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sales tax revenues for the bi-county area were lower overall in April than a year ago, due to a steep drop in the volume of sales in Monett. Ninety percent of the difference in sales tax income received by bi-county cities between April 2008 and 2009 could be traced directly to Monett.

Monett's two sales taxes for general expenses generated $141,562.16 in April, a drop of $43,611.67 from a year ago. Monett has not received a lower payment in April since 2005.

The sales taxes Monett collects for capital improvements and paying off the Justice Center were down by comparable margins for a total income drop of $92,274.60 from last April.

Monett's sales taxes for the general fund have raised $576,759.11 in 2009, a drop of 11 percent from the first four months of 2008.

Pierce City's seven-eighths-of-a cent sales tax for general expenses received $5,435.22 in April, a drop of $952.61 or 15 percent from a year ago.

April closed Pierce City's fiscal year with total collections of $72,488.84 for the general fund, the lowest in three years, down about $1,400 from the 2007 peak. The 2009 total to date is $23,097.90, a drop of $705.96 from the same months in 2008.

Pierce City's sales taxes for capital improvements and street maintenance were also down. Total April receipts dropped $2,041.40 from a year ago.

Purdy's two sales taxes for general expenses brought in $7,946.85 for the month, a drop of $2,647.35 or 25 percent from last April. The payment was the smallest for April since 2006. The 10-month fiscal year total of $93,227.59 is still ahead of last year's pace by about $6,500.

Verona broke a two-month drop under last year's receipts by yielding $3,554 into city coffers, up $574.78 from last April. The 2009 tally was raised to $13,073.36, a gain of a little over $700 from last year's total.

Verona's half-cent tax for police and fire services also reflected a gain. The two taxes brought $810 more into the city than what came in last April.

Total sales tax coming into the bi-county area in April, not counting the Barry County "911" tax, came to $1,287,556.56 in April, 11 percent less than the 2008 sum but larger than the 2007 tally.

The seven Barry County cities collecting sales tax received $408,518.89, down 20 percent from a year ago. The total was $11,000 higher than the 2007 sum.

Seligman and Washburn both recorded small gains over receipts from last April. Cassville's three sales taxes combined had a revenue drop of $625.50, while the 2009 general fund total of $269,728.50 is $240.59 ahead of last year's pace. Revenues in Wheaton were down by 45 percent, dropping the 2009 total of $22,745.53 to 15 percent less than last year's pace.

The six Lawrence County cities receiving sales tax income received a combined $301,554.47 in April, a drop of $2,628.72 or 1 percent from last April.

Aurora, Mt. Vernon and Verona all recorded gains over last April. Only two of Aurora's three taxes were up, leaving a combined gain of $22.27. Marionville's five taxes altogether had a drop of $4,155.59. Income from Miller's three taxes dropped $1,079.50 from last April.

Barry County's half-cent sales taxes for the general fund and for road maintenance each had income drops of more than $16,800. Disbursements were the lowest for April since 2005.

Barry County's tax receipts have dropped below last year's levels for five consecutive months. The general fund tax has generated $553,830.85 in 2009, 8 percent below last year's pace.

Barry County's quarter-cent tax to pay for the "911" system brought in $69,036.25, the smallest April total in four years. The 2009 total is up to $276,889.96, a little over $800 ahead of the 2006 pace.

Lawrence County's three half-cent taxes had a combined income drop of $24,030.53 for the month. The tax raising money for general expenses bought in $100,474.50 for the month, the smallest April disbursement since 2004.

The general fund tax has yielded $399,857.02 in 2009, an 8 percent decline from a year ago. The separate use tax Lawrence County collects to pay for out-of-county transactions that do not pay sales tax brought in $3,000 less than last April but the 2009 total to date of $128,064.33 is 25 percent higher than last year's pace.

Aurora is also collecting a voter-approved use tax, the only bi-county city to do so. In two months the use tax has added $9,995.66 to city coffers.

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