For the first time since the economic downturn began, bi-county recipients of sales tax have seen a double-digit increase in revenue in a month. April receipts showed a 10 percent rise from a year ago.
The two sales taxes collected by Monett for its general fund nearly set a new April record. The $173,157.02 received was $18,592.98 more than a year ago and more than any other April except 2008, when the total was $12,000 higher.
Payments to all Monett's sales taxes pushed 2011 totals above the 2010 levels for the first time this year. Payments in 2010 never topped the 2009 numbers.
Pierce City had a similar showing. The seven-eighths of a cent tax for general expenses hit a record $6,788.10, almost $400 more than the old record set in 2008. With the new half-cent tax included, Pierce City received $10,454.92 for the general fund, the first time a monthly payment has topped $10,000 and nearly double the amount received a year ago.
The new sales tax combined with Pierce City's old tax over the last six months helped to boost general fund receipts as the fiscal year ended to $78,200.95, a new record. The total was nearly $5,000 higher than the old record year for 2006-2007.
Pierce City's new quarter-cent taxes to support the fire department and the park each brought in $1,844 for the month. In 2011, each of the new taxes has generated nearly $6,000.
Purdy saw similar results from its one-cent sales tax for general expenses. The Purdy tax yielded $6,687.62, up $1,293 from last April and nearly $1,400 greater than the last highest April payment in 2008. All Purdy's sales taxes have generated $37,793.61 in 2011, up $2,000 from the first four months of 2010.
Verona's one-cent sales tax for general expenses yielded $4,041.47 in April, up $718.91 from a year ago. The amount was less than $100 below the April record set in 2006. Receipts from Verona's three sales taxes in 2011 have produced $19,048.01, almost $800 more than last year's pace.
Total sales tax received by Barry and Lawrence County cities and counties, not counting the Barry County 911 tax, totaled $1,521,741.56, the largest April sum on record, 6 percent above the old 2008 record.
The six Lawrence County cities receiving sales tax took in $385,207.20. Revenue was up 21 percent on the same taxes collected a year ago.
Every city took in more than last April. Receipts on Aurora's three taxes were up by $31,527.62. Mt. Vernon received $19,037.97 on its three taxes.
Barry County's seven cities received $486,818.79 in April. Receipts from the same taxes collected a year ago were up by 11 percent. Two towns, Washburn and Wheaton, failed to top last April's numbers with Wheaton's total down by over half.
Receipts for Cassville rose by more than $12,000 over last April, though the 2011 total is 3 percent lower. Seligman had the next best showing, up by more than $6,700.
The three half-cent taxes collected by Lawrence County showed gains of $23,730.28 in April. Barry County's two half-cent sales taxes took in almost $3,000 more than a year ago.
The quarter-cent tax collected for Barry County's 911 service received $77,829.38, only $300 shy of the April record from 2007.