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Sales tax numbers take dip in January

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sales tax revenues for the bi-county area reversed the growing improvement seen in November and December for a noted retreat in January. Total income collected by bi-county cities and counties was down 8 percent from a year ago.

Monett's two sales taxes for the general fund generated $149,338.59 in January, down 5 percent from a year ago. The total broke a two-month rebound after a nine-month slide against the previous year.

The January disbursement put Monett's 10-month fiscal year tally for its general fund down 10 percent or over $150,000 compared to the previous year. Monett's other two sales taxes performed similarly for the month, dropping total sales tax income by almost $12,300 from last January.

Total sales tax coming into the bi-county area, not counting the Barry County 911 tax, came to $1,293,649.05 in January, a drop of 8 percent from January 2009. A year ago, before the economic slump settled into the local economy, sales tax income had risen by 9 percent.

All six Lawrence County cities collecting sales tax saw a decline in income. The total was 10 percent less sales tax income in January than a year ago.

In Barry County, Purdy, Seligman and Washburn were the only cities gathering sales tax to go above last January's numbers. The total was down 4 percent from last January.

The three sales taxes supporting government operations in Lawrence County took in $53,015 less in January than a year ago, a drop of 16 percent from a year ago. Barry County's two taxes for the general fund and roads received $2,564 less than a year ago, a drop of 1 percent.

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