For the fourth consecutive month, sales tax revenue for Barry and Lawrence counties in October have fallen below 2011 levels. Monett, however, reversed a three-month losing trend and registered a slight gain for only the fourth time this year.
Monett's two sales taxes for the general fund generated $133.225.74, the largest October total in four years. Monett's combined four sales taxes produced $1,455 more than a year ago.
Seven months into the new fiscal year, Monett's general fund tax total is running 6 percent below last year's pace. The 2012 tally is more than $56,000 under the 2011 sum.
Towns around Monett benefitted from the same trend. Pierce City's two taxes for general expenses yielded $8,478.13, up $920.07 from a year ago. It was the fourth time in the last six months that Pierce City has shown gains.
Pierce City's five sales taxes produced $1,920.54 more in October than a year ago. Tax receipts for 2012 are running about 2 percent ahead of 2011.
Purdy's taxes saw two months of consecutive gains to offset two previous months of consecutive losses. Purdy's one-cent tax for the general fund generated $4,808.99, up $13.57 from a year ago. Purdy's three taxes produced $247.54 more than last October.
For months into the current fiscal year, Purdy's general fund sales tax is about $2,400 below last year's pace. The 2012 total is a little over $800 below the 10-month total in 2011.
Verona had the first positive number compared to 2011 since the current fiscal year began in April. Verona's one-cent sales tax for general expenses topped last October's total by $307.88. The city's three sales taxes produced $615.48 more than a year ago.
Verona's fiscal year total for the general fund is 25 percent less than a year ago. The 2012 total is down by more than $4,000.
Total sales tax coming into Barry and Lawrence counties in October, not counting the Barry County sales taxes for 911, produced $1,265,193.14. The sum was down 5 percent from a year ago, the only October in the last six years with a lower total.
The six Lawrence County cities collecting sales tax all showed declines except for Pierce City and Verona. Aurora's general fund received $81,111.57, a drop of $836.67 from a year ago. Mt. Vernon's general fund tax yielded $44,168.75, down by $4,313.97. Marionville and Miller were close to even with last year.
The seven Barry County cities were also down by 3 percent, down in every town but Monett and Purdy. Cassville's general fund tax generated $63,648.67, a drop of $1,481.91. Seligman's receipts were down by 22 percent, while Washburn was down 37 percent and Exeter had the lowest October total in more than a decade, down 68 percent from a year ago.
Totals for county-wide taxes were down for the fourth consecutive month. Receipts on each of Lawrence County's three half-cent taxes were down by nearly $4,000 from a year ago. Receipts on each tax are down about $13,000 from last year's pace.
Barry County's two half-cent taxes each generated nearly $14,500 less than a year ago, the lowest October totals since 2001. The 2012 totals are around $40,000 under last year's pace.
The two sales taxes supporting Barry County's 911 service produced $100,431.26 in October, up 36 percent from a year ago with the addition of a second tax. For 2011, the 911 system received $832,971.86 from sales taxes, up $79,000 from a year ago with one tax.