Sales tax disbursements rose for eight of 11 bi-county towns in December, raising year-end totals for most recipients close to 2009 levels. The comparison stood in sharp contrast to annual totals a year ago in the middle of the economic downturn.
Monett received $145,105.42 in December from its two sales taxes for the general fund, almost $7,600 or 5 percent less than a year ago. The city's other two sales taxes recorded similar drops.
The city's general fund ended 2010 with $1,661,289.99, a drop of 2 percent over 2009, which had fallen 7 percent from the 2008 total. The city's four sales taxes generated $2,87,993.43 in 2010, around $48,000 less than a year ago.
Monett's half-cent tax for capital improvements raised $820,870.03, the smallest amount since 2003. The quarter-cent tax paying for the Justice Center produced $397,833.41 for the year.
Monett's general fund tax has been down in three of the last four months. The nine-month fiscal year total is running $12,000 ahead of last year's pace, about even with receipts from 2005.
Pierce City's three sales taxes nearly equalled last December's amounts, totaling $307.44 less. Pierce City's seven-eighths of a cent tax for general expenses generated $64,183.65 in 2010, down 5 percent from last year, after a 15 percent drop in 2009. The three new sales taxes approved in April began generating income in November, adding $2,413.39 to the year-end total.
All Pierce City's sales taxes brought in $139,945.49 in 2010, down from 2009 by a little over $4,400.
Purdy's sales taxes recorded their second best year on record. Purdy's three taxes took in $1,430.04 more than a year ago in December. The general fund closed the year with $56,704.37, up 11 percent from 2009, after a 12 percent drop from the 2008 total. The 2010 total was about $1,100 under the record total in 2008.
In contrast, Verona had the worst year of any bi-county city. Verona's three taxes brought in $2,152.10 more in December than a year ago, the fourth time in the past five months. The one-cent tax for the general fund produced $27,482.36 in 2010, a drop of 11 percent from 2009, after an 11 percent dip from the 2008 total.
Verona's three taxes generated $54,964.96 for the year, a drop of nearly $4,800 from 2009.
Total sales tax coming into the bi-county area, not counting the Barry County 911 tax, totaled $1,484,633.06 in December. Compared to the same taxes collected a year ago, the total was up 3 percent.
The seven Barry County cities receiving sales tax took in $438,497.68, a rise of 1 percent over last December. Only Monett and Exeter failed to top last year's total.
Cassville's general fund tax ended 2010 with $798,051.96, down 2 percent from 2009 after a 2 percent drop from 2008.
Exeter's general fund tax ended the year with $21,742.45, up 1 percent after losing 9 percent between 2008 and 2009.
Seligman's general fund tax closed 2010 with $81,436.17, down 5 percent after an 8 percent gain between 2008 and 2009.
Washburn ended its general fund year with $23,994.68, up 12 percent after a 13 percent drop between 2008 and 2009.
Wheaton's general fund tax ended the year with $64,686.74, almost even with 2009. Wheaton's tax income dropped 11 percent between 2008 and 2009.
The six Lawrence County cities getting sales tax income received $371,944.93 in December, a gain of 6 percent for the same taxes a year ago. Only Marionville and Miller failed to show gains.
Aurora's general fund tax closed 2010 with $993,317.42, down half a percent from 2009, following a 3 percent drop between 2008 and 2009. Aurora's use tax brought in $76,347.40 for the year.
Marionville's general fund tax had $64,107.67 in 2010, down 3 percent from 2009 after an 8 percent dip between 2008 and 2009.
Miller's general fund taxes closed the year with $64,107.67, a drop of 7 percent after a 5 percent gain in 2009.
Mt. Vernon received $495,109.51 from its general fund tax in 2010, up 1 percent after a 7 percent drop between 2008 and 2009.
Both Lawrence and Barry counties closed the year with gains on county-wide taxes.
Lawrence County's general fund ended 2010 with $1,190,095.37, down 1 percent from 2009 after dropping 8 percent between 2008 and 2009. Lawrence County's use tax generated $349,306.24 for the year.
Barry County got $1,743,460.70 for its general fund, a gain of 1 percent from 2009 after a 9 percent fall between 2008 and 2009.
The tax collected to run Barry County's 911 service took in $80,302.75 in December, up nearly $4,000 from a year ago. For 2010 the 911 tax brought in $454,415.02, up 9.3 percent from 2009.