Sales tax receipts dip in November
Four large bi-county cities see drops to drive down tallies
For the fourth consecutive month, sales tax receipts to bi-county cities and counties dropped, compared to a year ago, leaving only five months of 2017 with gains and putting over half the recipients in danger of lower tax revenues for the calendar year.
Monett’s two sales taxes supporting the general fund at a 1 percent rate generated $118,663.37 in November, the lowest November payment since 2011 and down $789.62 from a year ago. The drop was the third in four months, leaving the eight-month fiscal year general fund tally at $1,292,999, up a little more than $22,000 from last year’s pace.
This was the first month of collections for Monett’s new sales tax paying for the new aquatic center. The first payout totaled $2,643.62.
Monett’s 2017 sum of $1,783,758.50 held $52,000 or 3 percent higher than last November.
Pierce City had the highest November total in three years, receiving $6,984.56 from its two sales taxes paying general bills at 1.125 percent. The sum was up $977.62 from a year ago, but the seven-month fiscal year tally, which has dragged behind 2016 all year, stayed more than $5,000 behind last year’s pace at $63,226.14. The 2017 general fund total of $104,403.67 lags behind last year’s pace by a little more than $1,300.
Purdy followed a similar upward trend. The city’s 1 percent tax for the general fund produced $5,311.68, up $1,955.12 or 58 percent from a year ago, the highest November payment since 2009.
Purdy’s five-month fiscal year sum of $28,045.78 is running ahead of last year’s pace by more than $5,300. The 2017 tally of $58,507.50 is ahead of last year by more than $3,000.
While these three cities tipped slightly higher, Verona dipped lower, more typical of the other bi-county cities. Verona’s 1 percent tax paying general bills yielded $1,186.55, down $902.78, or 42 percent, from a year ago.
Lower receipts for the past three months has pulled Verona’s eight-month fiscal year sum of $21,199.97 is under last year’s pace by nearly $500, and under the 2016 tally of $27,982.08 by more than $3,200.
Sales tax to the cities and county governments in November totaled $1,159,592.49. With receipts to all four of the biggest cities down, including Monett, Aurora, Mt. Vernon and Cassville, the same taxes collected a year ago produced 4.5 percent less than last year.
The seven Barry County cities generating sales tax received $384,401.16. Not counting Monett’s new tax for the pool, the same taxes collected a year ago reflected a drop of 7 percent.
Cassville’s 1 percent sales tax for general bills produced $44,441.42, down $12,594.16 or 22 percent. Exeter saw its 1 percent tax yield $1,693.84, down $478.56.
The other three cities saw gains, though marginal ones. Seligman’s 1 percent tax generated $10,883.55, up $2,250.67 or 26 percent, reflecting the surge provided by Harp’s reopening the at the old Walmart Neighborhood Market location. Wheaton’s 1 percent tax yielded $3,418.43, up $194.60 from a year ago. Washburn’s 1 percent tax produced $965.38, up $100.12 from a year ago.
The six Lawrence County cities received $272,353.29. Not counting the new capital improvements tax in Miller receiving its first payment, the same taxes collected a year ago were down by less than $1,000.
Aurora’s 1 percent tax generated $52,003.68, down $1,765.76 from last November. Mt. Vernon’s 1 percent tax produced $48,768.37, down $2,343.50. In contrast, Marionville’s 1 percent tax for general bills received $9.366.86, up $2,612.07, or almost 39 percent. Miller’s two general fund taxes at 1.5 percent yielded $3,198.21, up $714.17 from a year ago.
Lawrence County saw the first payment from the new sales tax supporting law enforcement. That brought in $25,346.21.
Lawrence County’s two half-cent sales taxes each delivered $86,010 into county coffers, down $4,288, or 5 percent each. The county’s half-cent tax for general expenses produced $1,376,667.62 after 11 months, a drop of just over $12,000 from last year’s pace. It was the downward spiral in the second half of 2016 that prompted major budget cuts that put the new county law enforcement sales tax on the ballot to make up the losses.
Barry County’s two half-cent sales taxes each produced $126,112, down $7,209.09, or 5 percent, from last year’s pace. In contrast to Lawrence County, Barry County’s half-cent taxes have brought in more than $1,885,000 in 2017, ahead of 2016 by $90,000, or 5 percent.
The sales tax supporting Barry County’s 911 service received $94,566.42 for the month, down $5,400 from a year ago. The 2017 sum of $1,413,387.02 is ahead of last year by $11,000 or almost 1 percent.