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Sales tax income makes big gains in December & 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cities in Barry and Lawrence counties received $1.1 million more in 2011 than in 2010. Sales tax totals showed increases for all but two cities in December and all but one city for 2011.

Monett had a particularly good December. The two sales taxes for the general fund generated $196,676.79, up $51,571.37 or 35 percent from a year ago.

For 2011, Monett's general fund taxes yielded $1,795,005.89, up 8 percent from a year ago. Monett's half-cent tax producing money for capital improvements generated $893,741.49, about $14,000 shy of the record set in 2007.

Monett's quarter-cent sales tax paying off the Justice Center generated $427,796.81 in 2011.

The community improvement district (CID) tax collected at Lowe's to pay for road improvements around the store under the city's tax increment financing (TIF) program produced $83,511.34, up 8 percent from a year ago.

Pierce City was the big winner in 2010, having a full year of collections from its three new taxes that started in November, 2010. Receipts from Pierce City's old taxes were down 3 percent in December, but combined with the taxes, new records were set. The general fund received $10,318.27, or $1,500 over to old record set in 2007.

For 2011, Pierce City's general fund received $100,613.43 from sales tax, up 57 percent from 2010.

Purdy's one-cent sales tax for general expenses produced $5,358.16 in December, up $635.36 from a year ago. For 2011, Purdy's general fund received $59,522.04 from sales tax, up 5 percent from a year ago.

Verona's one-cent sales tax yielded $3,608.98 in December, up $396.60 from a year ago. For 2011, the general fund received $31,046.86, up 13 percent from 2010.

The 11 cities and two counties receiving sales tax revenue, not counting the Barry County 911 tax, took in $1,708,194.31 in December, up 15 percent from last December.

The seven Barry County cities collecting sales taxes produced $555,927.94 in December, up 27 percent from a year ago. Receipts for every town was up over last December.

The six Lawrence County cities with sales taxes produced $399,972.57 for the month, up 8 percent from last December. Marionville and Miller were the only cities receiving less revenue.

General fund receipts for all the remaining cities for 2011 follow, with a comparison to 2010. Totals were either over or relatively close to pre-economic downturn totals from 2007 and 2008:

* Aurora: $1,056,286.90, +6 percent. (Aurora's use tax generated $84,112.23).

* Cassville: $811,193.30, +2 percent.

* Exeter: $21,097.75, -3 percent.

* Marionville: $151,947.02, +9 percent.

* Miller: $64,928.90, +1 percent.

* Mt. Vernon: $539,273.68, +9 percent.

* Seligman: $90,632.92, +11 percent.

* Washburn: $25,030.40, +4 percent.

* Wheaton: $66,333.01, +3 percent.

Each of Lawrence County's three sales taxes produced over $3,800 more than last December. For the year, the half-cent tax for the county's general fund generated $1,256,264.77, up 5 percent from 2010 but about $52,000 short of the record set in 2008. Lawrence County's use tax yielded $316,721.64 in 2011.

Both of Barry County's half-cent sales taxes generated $33,300 more than last December. The county's half-cent tax for the general fund produced $1,821,042.92 in 2011, up 4 percent from 2010.

The quarter-cent tax for Barry County's 911 system generated $96,966.13 in December, up $16,000 or 2 percent from a year ago. In 2011 the tax produced $551,381.15, up 5 percent from 2010.

What sales tax means in revenue to Barry, Lawrence governments

The following is how much revenue each city and county government in Barry and Lawrence counties received from all of its combined sales taxes in 2011, and how that compared to 2010:

* Aurora (3 taxes): $2,112,618.42, +$619,571.61

* Cassville (3 taxes): $1,622,385.50, +$26,282.59

* Exeter (1 tax): $21,097.75, -$647.70.

* Marionville (5 taxes): $379,668.07, +$55,588.43.

* Miller (4 taxes): $98,444.31, +$6,415.48.

* Monett (5 taxes): $3,200,055.34, +$243,025.81.

* Mt. Vernon (3 taxes): $1,035,681.53, +$47,925.01

* Pierce City (6 taxes): $210,467.52, +$72,935.42.

* Purdy (3 taxes): $118,948.55, +$5,354.46.

* Seligman (3 taxes): $202,781.67, +$39,810.63.

* Verona (3 taxes): $62,120.38, +$7,155.42.

* Washburn (3 taxes): $50,049.29, +$2,059.71.

* Wheaton (1 tax): $66,333.01, +$1,646.27.

* Barry County (2 half-cent taxes, second going to the road districts): $3,641,797.69, +$154,799.51.

* Lawrence County (3 half-cent taxes, one going to the road districts): $3,759,198.91, +$190,870.61.

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Barry county's tax raised 33K more than the same month last year yet the deputies are being fired?!...and the 911 fiasco takes in nearly 100K in one month, yet they say they are going to go bankrupt without an increase??!!!! Just what EXACTLY do they do? Do they not simply take calls and then direct them to the proper reponse personel? Seems like you could program computer answering machines to do that. Why on earth does that suck funds like we are supporting an industry of some sort?

-- Posted by common-tater on Fri, Dec 30, 2011, at 7:30 PM

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