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Area sales tax numbers are mixed

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sales tax revenues in June showed a mixed economic picture. Eight of 13 bi-county cities receiving sales tax income showed gains over last June. Totals for the first half of 2010 show receipts are generally down 3 to 5 percent.

Monett reflected the variability in tax revenues. Monett's two sales taxes for general expenses brought in $163,626.56 for the month, down $7,313.35 from last June. Monett's totals have bested 2009 numbers in three of the last six months.

Monett's three-month fiscal year total is up by $10,000 or over 2 percent. For 2010, the total is down by 3 percent. The 2010 totals for the quarter-cent tax paying for the Justice Center and the half-cent capital improvements tax are down 2 and 3 percent respectively.

Sales tax income for Purdy has also been up half the time in 2010, showing its biggest rise in June. Purdy's sales taxes brought in $10,840.85, up 39 percent from a year ago.

June also closes Purdy's fiscal year. The total of $106,674.57 reflected a drop of less than $4,000 or 3 percent from the previous year. Revenues from Purdy's taxes in 2010 have been up by 8 percent.

Pierce City sales taxes in June were up for only the second time in 2010. The seven-eighths-of-a-cent tax supporting the general fund tax generated $5,915.39, up $479.89 from a year ago. Receipts from all three of Pierce City's sales taxes are down 5 percent for the first half of 2010.

The combined total from Verona's three sales taxes were up in June for the first time all year. The one-cent sales tax for general expenses brought in $3,135.82, the best June total since 2007, up $193.64 from a year ago. Verona's general fund and tax for capital improvements have received 23 percent less in the first half of 2010 than in 2009.

Total sales tax coming into the bi-county area, not counting the Barry County 911 sales tax, came to $1,617,180.46 in June, up nearly 3 percent from a year ago.

The seven Barry County cities receiving sales tax revenue received $477,493.26 in June, a drop of less than $500 from a year ago. Cassville, Exeter, Purdy and Seligman all topped last June's numbers.

The six Lawrence County cities getting sales tax income received $388,631.26 in June, up 4 percent from a year ago. Mt. Vernon, whose totals have been down in four of the last six months, rebounded with a combined increase of nearly $15,000 over last June. Miller, Pierce City, Mt. Vernon and Verona all topped last June's numbers.

General fund comparisons with 2009 for the remaining cities follow:

* Aurora: -4 percent;

* Cassville: -3 percent;

* Exeter: +3 percent;

* Marionville: -5 percent;

* Miller: +3 percent;

* Mt. Vernon: +1 percent;

* Seligman: -1 percent;

* Washburn: +11 percent;

* Wheaton: +9 percent.

Both counties showed significant gains over last June's receipts.

Lawrence County's three county-wide taxes generated $13,612.13 more than last June. The county's general fund total of $586,518.76 for the first half of 2010 is down 3 percent from last year.

Barry County's two sales taxes took in $15,543.57 more than a year ago. Barry County's 2010 total to date from the general fund of $835,791.89 is down by only $1,500 or less than half a percent.

Barry County's quarter-center 911 tax generated $87,135.87 in June, up over 4 percent from a year ago. The 2010 total to date is down by 5 percent.

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