Sales tax disbursements to bi-county cities and counties showed mixed results in April. Receipts have fallen into a pattern of up one month and down the next. April receipts reflected the smallest drop in the last six months, compared to the previous year.
Monett recorded the biggest drop of any town. The city's two sales taxes for the general fund generated $153,854.03, down nearly $20,000 or 11 percent from a year ago. Monett's other two taxes showed similar declines.
Except for exceptionally large payments in 2008 and 2010, Monett's general fund total was in the top range for April with other years. The 2012 total of $556,863.37 is $9,000 below the first four months of 2011.
Pierce City's two sales taxes for the general fund generated $13,522.79, up $3,067.87 from a year ago. Receipts from Pierce City's other taxes rose from 27 to 33 percent over last April.
This was the first full fiscal year that two taxes have financed Pierce City's general fund. The year ended in April with a $102,967.19 sales tax total, up 32 percent over the previous year. The 2012 total is up by 7 percent.
Purdy's one-cent tax for the general fund received $7,105.15, up $417.53 from a year ago for a new April record. Receipts for Purdy's other taxes were up by nearly 6 percent.
Ten months into the current fiscal year, Purdy's general fund tax has produced $51,610.08, up $4,000 from a year ago. The 2012 total of $20,953.32 is up by 11 percent over a year ago.
Verona's one-cent sales tax for general expenses received $2,262.62, down $1,778.85 from last April. Verona had the smallest April disbursement since 2004 to start the city's new fiscal year. The 2012 total of $8,735.42 is down 8 percent from the first four months of 2011.
Total sales tax to bi-county governments in April, not counting the Barry County 911, totaled $1,495,951.12, the second highest April sum on record. The total was down 2 percent from a year ago.
The seven Barry County cities with sales taxes received $486,818.79 for the month, down 7 percent from a year ago. Washburn, Wheaton, Seligman and Purdy were the only cities to top last April's totals. Wheaton's general fund payment nearly tripled from a year ago. Seligman had the largest monetary gain, getting $1,440.81 more from its four sales taxes. Next to Monett, Cassville had the biggest drop, with its three taxes down $9,653.87 from a year ago.
The six Lawrence County cities with sales taxes had a total of $380,860.47, down by 1 percent from last April. Marionville, Miller and Pierce City topped last April's totals. Besides Pierce City, Miller had the biggest gain of $1,068.49 from its four taxes. Aurora had the biggest drop, receiving $5,027.29 from its three sales taxes.
Receipts for each of Lawrence County's three half-cent sales taxes rose by 4 percent. The three taxes generated $14,062.50 more than a year ago. The 2012 total to date is up by 8 percent over a year ago.
By contrast, Barry County's two half-cent sales taxes each produced 3 percent less than a year ago. Receipts dropped by $13,956.05. Receipts from Barry County's general fund tax in 2012 are up by 5 percent.
Barry County's 911 service received $76,134.18 from its quarter-cent sales tax in April, down nearly $1,700 from a year ago. The 2012 total is up by 4 percent.