Economic doldrums continue to plague the bi-county area. For the fourth time this year, sales tax income in September was down by around $200,000 for the bi-county area. Disbursements from the Missouri Department of Revenue were down for all but one town in Barry and Lawrence counties for the month.
The two sales taxes Monett collects for its general fund brought in $189,953.90 in September. The amount was the smallest September disbursement Monett has seen since 2003, and $18,771.05 less than a year ago. The six-month fiscal year total of $866,041.73 is comparable to the 2005 pace and 13 percent below this point a year ago.
The nine-month general fund total of $1,300,938.68 is about $153,000 less than what the city got during the first three-quarters of 2008, a total dip of 11 percent for the year.
Monett's other taxes saw similar results. The half-cent sales tax funding capital improvements is down by more than $68,000 from a year ago. Receipts from the quarter-cent tax funding the Justice Center are down nearly $64,000 compared to a year ago.
The one bright light was Monett's community improvement district (CID) tax collected at the Lowe's store to pay for highway upgrades in the second tax increment financing district. For 2009 the CID tax has generated $50,963.82, double the amount that came in last year in the same period.
Pierce City's seven-eighths of a cent sales tax for the general fund yielded $6,817.66, which was $3,204.38 less than last September. Like Monett, Pierce City's September disbursement was the smallest since 2003. The amount put Pierce City's general fund at $28,388.15 after five months, a drop of almost $5,000 from last year. The 2009 tally of $51,485.05 is down by 10 percent.
The half-cent taxes Pierce City collects for street maintenance and capital improvements were each down 25 percent for September and off by about $3,000 for 2009.
Purdy's two one-cent sales taxes added up to $13,411.62, a drop of $1,470.14 from last September but up nearly $3,700 from two years ago. Purdy's three-month fiscal year total is nearly $4,000 ahead of the 2007 pace but $7,000 under a year ago. So far in 2009, Purdy's sales taxes have brought in $79,028.85, a drop of almost $13,000 or 14 percent from last year's pace.
The only bi-county town that did not record a sales tax revenue dip in September was Verona. The one-cent tax Verona collects for general bills produced $3,703.83, an increase of $372.26. The 2009 tally is up to $24,746.92, down about $1,300 or 5 percent from 2008.
Verona's half-cent tax for police and fire service pulled in $1,851.88, up for the month by almost $200. The 2009 total is about $700 under last year at this time.
Total sales tax coming into the bi-county area in September, not counting the 911 tax for Barry County, added up to $1,765,426.97, a drop of 12 percent from a year ago. The dip represented the largest drop comparing Septembers in more than 15 years, comparable only to the 11 percent drop between 2002 and 2003. The total was still bigger than every September disbursement prior to 2006.
The seven Barry County cities collecting sales tax received $553,420.96 in September, a drop of 9 percent from a year ago. The last time every Barry County city showed a revenue decline from the previous year was June 2009.
The six Lawrence County cities with sales tax income got $397,586.03, a drop of 15 percent. The last time a bigger disparity occurred for the same month was a 20 percent drop reported in July 2009.
In addition to Monett, the city seeing the largest decline from last September was Mt. Vernon, where the general fund tax brought in $49,687.78, a drop of $16,575.42 from a year ago. All of Mt. Vernon's sales taxes combined showed an 8 percent drop for 2009.
Aurora's general fund one-cent tax generated $111,265.02 for the month, down $10,697.96 from last September. Totals for Aurora's three sales taxes are down less than 3 percent for the year.
Cassville's general fund one-cent sales tax bought in $87,121.70 for the month, a drop of almost $6,000 from last September. Revenue from Cassville's three sales taxes combined are down for the year by a little over 2 percent.
Marionville's one-cent tax for general expenses yielded $18,246.91 in September, down almost $3,700 from a year ago. The total from Marionville's five taxes in 2009 are down 8 percent.
Seligman's general fund tax produced $9,049.86 for the month, down over $1,300 from a year ago. The total for Seligman's three taxes to date are up 21 percent for 2009.
Wheaton's one-cent general fund tax of $8,640.03 was down by the same amount as Seligman for the month. The 2009 total is down 18 percent.
Receipts from Miller's three sales taxes for 2009 are up $3,412.50 from this time last year.
Receipts from Washburn's three sales taxes are down 11 percent for the year to date. Exeter's sales tax income is down 12 percent.
The half-cent tax Lawrence County collects brought in $125,451.02 in September, down $22,311.86 from a year ago. Lawrence County's three sales taxes combined are down by $271,277.17 or 9 percent for the year to date.
Barry County's half-cent sales tax for general bills yielded $204,173.78 for the month, down $25,497.67 from a year ago. Barry County's two sales taxes combined have brought in $281,4399.33 less this year, a drop of 10 percent.
The quarter-cent sales tax funding Barry County's 911 system brought in $102,076.32 in September, down $12,759.85 from a year ago. Revenue for 2009 is down 11 percent.