Sales tax receipts to Barry and Lawrence county cities and governments showed gains in February.
A year ago, the nine-month plunge in Monett's sales tax receipts began the general local recession. Although the January total showed another major decline after two months of improvements, February showed more signs of recovery, especially for Monett.
Monett's two sales taxes for the general fund received $115,507.22 in February, a gain of $1,388.95 from a year ago. Monett's four sales taxes brought in over $201,000, an increase of $2,082.43 from last February. The 11-month total for Monett's general fund is down 9 percent from the 2009-10 year.
Total sales tax coming into the bi-county, not including the Barry County 911 tax, totaled $1,052,360.62, a gain of 4 percent from a year ago.
The seven Barry County cities collecting sales tax received $357,541.69 in February, a gain of almost $2,000 or .5 percent from a year ago. Exeter, Seligman and Washburn joined Monett in making gains over the previous February.
The six Lawrence County cities collecting sales tax received $223,155.25, a gain of $11,000 or 5 percent from last February. Every city had some taxes making gains, though on balance Aurora and Verona fell short when totals were combined. Some gains were slight, like Miller, where the total of four taxes was less than $50 better than a year ago.
Both taxes going to Barry County's general fund and supporting road and bridge maintenance had gains for a combined total of $8,517.03.
Lawrence County's three taxes for the general fund, road work and the Justice Center had a combined gain of $16,488.98 for the month.