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Sales tax shows Barry County gains in Nov.

Friday, November 30, 2012

November brought an upswing in sales tax revenue to the bi-county area. Most of the gains were in Barry County, including a 27 percent increase for Monett.

The two sales taxes that fund Monett's general fund generated $135,452.24 in November, up $28,979.55 from a year ago. It was the best November on record and the second consecutive month for gains compared to a year ago. Monett's four sales taxes yielded $51,043.08 more than last November.

Monett's eight-month fiscal year tally is nearly $40,000 or 3 percent less than last year's pace. The 2012 total is over $27,000 below 2011.

Receipts from Purdy's three sales taxes were nearly even with last November. The one-cent sales tax generated $4,063.20, down $161.60 from last November. The three taxes combined produced $165.80 less than a year ago.

Purdy's five-month fiscal year tally is running nearly $3,000 under last year's pace. The general fund total for 2012 is $1,000 under a year ago, a pattern that has varied little over the last four years.

Pierce City's taxes dipped by 40 percent in November. The two taxes for the general fund produced $4,706.64, down by $3,088.22 from a year ago. Pierce City's six sales taxes produced almost $6,500 less than last November.

Pierce City's general fund total is about $3,000 behind last year's pace after seven months. The 2012 total is down by less than $1,000.

Verona's taxes barely surpassed last November. The one-cent tax for general operations yielded $1,988.51, up $90.40 from a year ago, and the city's three taxes topped last November by $180.85. Verona's 2012 total is running $4,000 under last year's pace.

Bi-county cities and county-wide taxes produced $1,077,353.80 in November, up 6 percent from a year ago.

The seven Barry County cities generated $379,689.26, up 20 percent from last November. Only Purdy and Wheaton failed to best totals from a year ago, and their declines were marginal. Cassville's three sales taxes produced $9,731.19 more than a year ago, a gain of 8 percent.

Lawrence County's six cities produced $22,390.70, a drop of 4 percent. Mt. Vernon's three taxes yielded almost $5,600 more than a year ago while Aurora's three taxes produced nearly $5,000 less. Marionville, Mt. Vernon and Verona had gains, while receipts in Aurora, Miller and Pierce City dropped.

Revenues from each of Lawrence County's county-wide sales taxes dropped by nearly 6 percent. The taxes generated $13,201.76 less than last November. Except for lower receipts in 2010, the November tally has held within $5,000 for the last five years.

Barry County's two county-wide taxes produced 5 percent more than last November. Receipts for the two were up by $11,922.56 for the best total since 2008.

The two sales taxes funding Barry County's 911 service generated $94,265.50 in November, bringing the 2012 total to $927,237.36.



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