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Sales tax numbers weaken in June

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sales tax receipts in June offered a mixed showing for bi-county cities and county governments.

The major Barry County cities, including Monett, had less income than last year, while Lawrence County cities had mixed results and generally came out even with last June. For the first half of 2011, towns around Monett recorded generally improved revenues.

Monett's two sales taxes for the general fund brought in $147,500.75 for the month, a drop of $16,125.81 from a year ago. The decline broke a two-month streak of significantly improved numbers. The three-month fiscal year tally is up 4 percent over the beginning of the last fiscal year.

Receipts for Monett's other sales taxes were down about 10 percent for the month, dropping the city's total for June by $27,442.49. For the first six months of 2011, Monett's four sales taxes have generated $1,462,857.09. an increase of $14,553.50 or 1 percent from the first half of 2010.

Pierce City had generally better numbers in June. The city's seven-eighths of a cent tax for general expenses brought in $1,744.06 or 29 percent more than a year ago. Combined with the new quarter-cent sales tax, Pierce City's general fund received $12,036.21, a new June record.

For the first half of 2011, Pierce City's sales taxes have produced $104,027.74. Not counting the three new taxes collected for the general fund, fire department and the park, sales tax revenue for the city is up by almost 37 percent.

In Purdy, the city's one-cent tax for general revenue held almost even with last June. The $5,433.17 generated was $12.74 above a year ago. By contrast, the two half-cent taxes for street maintenance and capital improvements rose by almost $1,000 each.

Purdy's three taxes have yielded $57,750.61 in the first half of 2011, up almost 4 percent from last year's pace.

Tax receipts in Verona held almost even with 2010. The one-cent tax for general expenses yielded $2,920.01, down $214.91 from last June. Verona's other two taxes were each down about 7 percent for the month from a year ago.

Verona's three sales taxes for the first half of 2011 have generated $29,945.97, up 14 percent from the 2010 pace.

Cities and counties received $1,529,712.49 in sales tax for the month, not counting the 911 tax in Barry County. Sales tax receipts have been down in June four years in a row compared to the previous year, this time down 6 percent from 2010.

The six Lawrence County cities collecting sales tax received $400,216.51 for the month. Factoring out the new taxes in Pierce City, last year's taxes generated almost $3,000 or 1 percent more this June. Aurora led the field with a $9,081.69 gain from its three taxes, which was offset by the $9,322.18 drop in receipts on the three taxes collected in Mt. Vernon.

Comparing 2011 totals with 2010 for the first half of the year, Aurora receipts are up by 4 percent, and Marionville and Mt. Vernon up by 1 percent. Receipts from the old taxes in Pierce City are down by 2 percent, and Miller's revenue is down by 7 percent.

The seven Barry County cities with sales tax revenue received $441,816.77, down 8 percent from last June. Only Seligman and Washburn joined Purdy with gains for the month. Cassville's three taxes brought in $12,536.69 less than last June. Seligman had the biggest gain of $2,381.65, nearly offsetting the drop in May.

For the first half of 2011, Washburn is up 2 percent. Seligman is down 1 percent, Cassville is down 3 percent, Wheaton is down 7 percent and Exeter is down 10 percent.

Lawrence County's three half-cent taxes for general operations, roads and the Justice Center generated $374.594.54, down $27,364.38 from last June. For the year, receipts are up almost 2 percent. The county's use tax has produced $167,095.24 for the first six months of the year.

Barry County's two half-cent taxes for the general fund and maintenance of roads and bridges produced $313,084.67 in June, down $36,012.35 from a year ago. It was the fourth consecutive June that sales tax revenue has fallen from a peak of $491,839.45 in 2007. For 2011, receipts are down by a little over $9,000 or 1 percent.

Barry County's 911 service received $78,246.75 in June from its quarter-cent sales tax, down 10 percent from last June. The 2011 total is up by almost $3,000 over last year's pace.

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