Sales tax totals drop for bi-county cities

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Revenues for 5 of 11 cities show gains over 2015

For the first time since 2012, sales tax totals for bi-county cities and county governments dropped in December, closing 2016 with a much more mixed result than a year ago.

Monett saw its sales taxes drop marginally for the month. Monett's two general fund taxes produced $178,448.19, down $6,230.99 from a year ago. The sum was still the third largest total in the past 10 years. That brought the nine-month fiscal year total to $1,447,013.39, about $20,000 lower than the past two years at this point. For 2016, Monett's receipts topped 2015 half of the time.

Pierce City's two sales taxes supporting the general fund produced $10,852.44, down $560.06 from a year ago. The sum brought the fiscal year total to $79,356.15, or $3,000 ahead of last year's pace. Like Monett, Pierce City's sales tax bested 2015 only six times.

Purdy's one percent sales tax paying general bills yielded $4,151.28 for the month, down $2,451.95. Receipts nosedived with the beginning of the fiscal year in July, leaving a six-month total of $26,866.41, down a third from last year's pace. In that period, receipts topped 2015 only once, after besting the mark only three times in the first half of the year.

Verona's 1-percent general fund tax produced $2,217.96, the smallest amount in the past three years, down $1,722.72 from the previous December. Verona's nine-month fiscal year tally of $24,705.70 was about $240 lower than the 2008 nine-month total and $1,100 below last year's record pace. Verona also bested the 2015 numbers only six times.

Sales tax to the bi-county cities and counties totaled $1,691,381.09. Comparing the same taxes collected a year ago, that represented a 9-percent drop, the biggest fall for a December since 2012 and the second biggest drop since the economic downturn hit in December 2008.

The seven Barry County cities with sales taxes received $596,166.34. Comparing the same taxes in place a year ago, factoring out Monett's old Justice Center tax and new transportation taxes, the total represented a 6-percent drop. Only Exeter and Wheaton bested totals from the previous December, both by very small margins.

Cassville's 1-percent tax produced $83,978.09, down $6,037.31 from the previous December. Seligman received $8,254.10 from its 1-percent general fund tax, a drop of $1,571.71. Washburn's 1-percent tax yielded $3,420.21, down $439.41 from a year ago.

On the upswing, Exeter's 1-percent tax generated $1,979, up $138.07. Wheaton's 1-percent tax produced $6,479.66, a gain of $128.20.

The six Lawrence County cities with sales tax received $495,471.15. Factoring out the new park and stormwater tax in Aurora, the sum represented an 11 percent drop. None of the cities received more than the previous December.

Aurora's 1-percent tax produced $102,853.51, down $15,885.67, or 13 percent. Mt. Vernon's 1-percent general fund tax received $77,645.37, a drop of $6,229.90. Marionville's 1-percent tax generated $17,888.36, a drop of $1,880.77. Miller's 1.5-percent taxes for general bills produced $9,025.25, a drop of $2,304.01.

The countywide sales taxes also took a significant hit for the month.

Lawrence County's two half-percent taxes each received more than $138,661, both lower than the previous December by more than $19,655, or 13 percent.

Barry County's two half-percent taxes each produced more than $187,827, both reflecting a drop of more than $11,420, or 6 percent.

Barry County's sales tax supporting the 911 service received $140,852.42, down $8,464.97, or 6 percent.

Sales tax collected in 2016 for all entities

City1 percent generalCompared to 2015
Aurora$1,090,853.98-5 percent
Cassville$928,342.62 -.2 percent
Exeter$23,772.54+13 percent
Marionville$176,783.37 +3 percent
Miller (1.5%) $98,215.53 +5 percent
Monett $1,910,209.18 -1 percent
Mt. Vernon $809,385.21 +6 percent
Pierce City (1.125%) $116,564.09 +.5 percent
Purdy $59,404.63 -18 percent
Seligman $105,370.56 -9 percent
Verona $33,987.75 -1.5 percent
Washburn$28,096.60 +7 percent
Wheaton $63,181.61 -6 percent
BarCo (1/2%) $1,983,665.39 -2 percent
LawCo (1/2%) $1,527,351.88-2 percent

Total tax numbers

The following tax amounts reflect the total amount of tax collected by each city and county, in 2016, as compared to 2015.

Aurora: With four taxes, adding a parks and storm water half-percent tax in March, took in $2,559,231.84, down 3 percent, not counting $442,834.58 from the new tax. For its use tax, the city took in $100,266.27, down 15 percent from 2015.

Cassville: Collected four taxes and took in a total of $2,201,124.80, a decrease of $8,032.56, or less than .5 percent.

Exeter: One tax collected $23,772.54, a 13 percent rise over 2015, the highest total since topping $24,500 for a record in 2007.

Marionville: Five taxes collected $434,974.16, a gain of a mere $2,416.08, or .5 percent from 2015.

Miller: Four taxes received $142,770.86, an increase of $7,980.21 or 6 percent, up five of the last six years.

Monett: The city has three active taxes and a sunsetted tax to pay for the Justice Center that dropped off the books in May. The general fund and capital improvements tax collected $2,865,168.88, down $34,432.29, or 1 percent from 2015. The new .5 percent sales tax to fund transportation improvements produced $544,322.96 in eight months. The Justice Center sales tax, though retired, continued to generate another $45,590.93 from businesses behind in their sales tax payments, for a total of $188,771.79 by the end of the year. All Monett's taxes, active and sunsetted, generated $3,598,263.63, up by $234,388.18 or up 7 percent from the four taxes collected in 2016.

Mt. Vernon: Three taxes raised $1,679,924.75, in its second full year of having a Walmart, a gain of 10 percent over 2015. Mt. Vernon's sunsetted capital improvements tax produced an additional $87.26 for the year. The city's new use tax, which began collections in July, generated $19,838.36 by year's end.

Pierce City: Five taxes received $222,014.77, up $711.65, or .3 percent from 2015, up for the fourth consecutive year.

Purdy: Three taxes collected $118,822.75, down 14 percent, the biggest percentage drop since numbers fell by 10 percent in 2002.

Seligman: After losing its Walmart and gaining a Harp's Express store, its taxes generated $234,083.89, down $27,378.23, or 10 percent, from 2015.

Verona: Acquired a fourth sales tax for transportation needs that collected its first funds in November and December. The same three taxes collected last year produced $65,639.97, down $3,369.99, down 5 percent. Adding in the new tax for a 2016 sum of $66,334.25 reduced the drop to 4 percent, up $617.90 from the 2014 tally.

Washburn: Three taxes took in $56,733.13, up 7 percent from 2015 and showing gains for the last three years.

Wheaton: Two taxes received $90,308.57, down $11,911.17 or 12 percent from 2015. Though more consistent in recent months, Wheaton's taxes have not followed the mathematical formula. The 1-percent general fund tax, producing about half again what it should, compared to the half-cent tax, was down 6 percent for the year, while the half-cent tax was down 23 percent.

Lawrence County: Three taxes received $3,475,783.63, down 18 percent because the tax for the Justice Center dropped from half-percent to .125-percent. The half-percent taxes for general operations and road maintenance generated $3,054,647.46, down $50,007.85, or 2 percent, from 2015. Hitting much harder was a drop in the use tax. Generated from out-of-county sales, the use tax produced $241,194.43 in 2015, down $85,489.23, or 26 percent, the smallest amount the use tax has produced in seven years. As unrestricted funds, use tax revenue could have helped with any bills and left county commissioners pondering how to budget for 2017.

Barry County: Three taxes took in $4,464,246.34, down $103,293.13, or 2 percent, for the year. Of that total, $497,110.36 came from the .125-percent tax that also supports the general fund.

Barry County 911: Supported by a 3/8 percent sales tax, E-911 garnered $1,543,237.60, up $24,040.66, or nearly 2 percent, over 2015.

South Barry County Ambulance District: The .125-percent sales tax approved by voters, the first time a local private organization has tapped public money, received $776,984.18 in 2016.

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