Sales tax revenues end year with 8th consecutive gain

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

2021 totals show only Purdy, Marionville, Washburn falling below 2020

Sales tax receipts to bi-county governments continued in December on the 2021 upward roll that was only interrupted in April, and year-end totals surprisingly continued to surge even as the COVID-19 pandemic waned somewhat, bringing double digit gains to half of the governments and related agencies funding their operations through taxes on retail sales.

Monett continued its record pace with a new top December total for its two sales taxes adding up to 1 percent for paying general bills. The taxes produced $204,171.21, up $7,461.85, or 4 percent, from last December, another record total. The nine-month fiscal year sum reached $1,792,964.71, up more than $130,000, or 8 percent, from last year’s pace, having seen no break in gains since April.

Pierce City closed its year with its two sales taxes collecting 1.125 percent for the general fund taking in $8,657.97, up $353.66 over a year ago. While more than $4,000 under the record December in 2019, the sum gave Pierce City its fifth consecutive monthly gain and a record of $89,017.84 eight months into the current fiscal year, almost $10,000 ahead of last year’s pace.

Purdy’s 1 percent sales tax for paying general bills broke into the $6,000 range for the third time in six months. The $6,063.42 sum was up $2,466.34, a rise of 68 percent over last December. With four gains in six months, Purdy’s fiscal year sum reached $35,041.28, its highest level in four years and up almost $2,000 from a year ago.

Verona saw its best December in three years. Its 1 percent tax supporting the general fund raised $4,552.10, up $2,179.04 or nearly double the end to 2020. While the sum was nearly $400 below the 2018 record, the fiscal year sum of $32,363.52 hit a nine-month record, more than $4,000 above last year’s pace.

Revenue to all the bi-county city and county governments collecting sales tax received $2,459,546.02 in December, up 6 percent from a year ago. It was the third consecutive December bringing higher gains to local recipients but about $20,000 under the record December in 2017.

The seven Barry County cities collecting sales tax received $767,380.69 for the month, up 4 percent from last December. Purdy, Exeter and Washburn dropped under last December’s sum.

Cassville’s 1 percent sales tax generated $105,353.33, up $899.73 from a year ago, also continuing an eight-month streak.

Seligman’s 1 percent tax produced $11,357.97, up $497.13 from a year ago, part of a four-month streak.

Wheaton’s 1 percent sales tax showed another wild month of collections, taking in nearly three times the amount of the city’s .5 percent tax.

Wheaton received $12,145.45, up $5,764.67, or 90 percent, from a year ago for a new December record.

Exeter’s 1 percent sales tax for general bills yielded $1,889.32, a drop of $801.66 from a year ago, the third drop in six months and the smallest December total since 2017.

Washburn’s 1 percent sales tax brought in $2,509.34 for its general fund, down $1,185.98 from a year ago, the seventh drop in eight months.

The six Lawrence County cities collecting sales tax received $615,627.38, a gain of 11 percent over a year ago. Marionville was the exception for dropping under last December’s receipts, while Miller showed a gain on the general fund and a drop in its other three taxes.

Aurora had a biggest gain of any bi-county city for the month, taking in $131,175.05 from its 1 percent general fund, up $14,591.17, up by more than 12 percent over a year ago. Aurora stretched its gains to 13 consecutive months.

Mt. Vernon set an all-time record for monthly collections as its 1 percent sales tax for paying general bills received $95,291.17, up $13,376.39, or 16 percent, from last December.

Marionville’s 1 percent general fund sales tax generated $17,785.28, down $2,642.49 from a year ago. It was the fourth consecutive drop in Marionville’s receipts.

Miller’s two sales taxes for its general fund produced $14,329.06, up $294.26 from a year ago. However, drops in the city’s other three taxes totaling $623.34 for the month left the grand total in the red.

The positive municipal performance supported income on the countywide taxes.

Barry County’s two half-cent sales taxes paying general bills and supporting road maintenance each generated more than $231,021, both up by more than $14,036, or more than 6 percent, for the month.

Lawrence County’s two .5 percent sales taxes for the same purpose each yielded $170,832, both up $11,692, or 7 percent. For the first time this year, the county’s newer half-cent sales tax for law enforcement yielded more money than the older taxes. The $177,679.06 received was up $18,608.64 from last December.

Sales taxes supporting 911 and central dispatching in the two counties also registered gains for the month.

Barry County’s .375 percent sales tax produced $164,877.89, up $2,178.65 from a year ago, the fourth consecutive monthly rise.

Lawrence County’s .5 percent sales tax for dispatching generated $177,369.15, up $18,462.82, or 11 percent.

Total tax numbers

The following tax amounts reflect the total amount of tax collected by each city and county, in 2021, as compared to 2020.

Aurora, with four taxes, generated $3,467,587.82, up 18 percent, a big jump from the modest 2.5 percent gain in 2020, making its gain in terms of dollars the largest of any Lawrence County city, up more than $535,000. For its use tax, the city took in $312,801.88, up $92,095.05 or an increase of 42 percent.

Cassville, which collected four taxes, took in a total of $2,768335.01, a gain of $223,049.27, or up 9 percent, for the second year in a row.

Exeter, with one tax, collected $26,978.27, up 7 percent.

Marionville, which has five taxes, collected $467,757.80, down 3 percent as the only Lawrence County city to drop from 2020. The total is nonetheless $18,000 above the 2018 sum, making it the second highest total for the city on record.

Miller, which collects five taxes, received $255,169.10, up a whopping 20 percent on top of the 23 percent gain in 2020. That represents a gain of almost $83,000 since before the pandemic in 2019.

Monett, with five sales taxes, received $5,223,129.61, the first time over the $5 million mark and a gain of almost $400,000, or 7 percent. That sum is on top of the more than $300,000 gain in 2020, which also represented 7 percent growth. Payments from the city's retired sales tax to pay for building the Judicial Center continued coming in, adding another $235.77 to city coffers by year's end.

Mt. Vernon, which has three taxes, received $1,925,121.27, up 11 percent for a two-year gain of 15 percent. Mt. Vernon's use tax produced $147,855.51, up 17 percent or a growth of more than $36,000 over two years

Pierce City, which collects five taxes, received $244,098.33, up 8 percent from a year ago, topping the 2019 sum by more than $1,500.

Purdy, with three taxes, collected $133,295.27, the second consecutive year for a drop, down 3 percent, or more than $4,000 from a year ago, and down more than $5,000 from 2019.

Seligman has four sales taxes and generated $317,291.93, up nearly $15,000, or 5 percent

Verona, with four sales taxes, received $110,412.61, up 13 percent after dropping 6 percent in 2020 and slightly in 2019. Without the loss of the transportation tax that sliced into the 2020 total before rebounding, the 2021 sum was up almost $9,000 over 2018.

Washburn, with three taxes, received $56,327.84, a drop of 16 percent from 2020 on top of drops in 2018 and 2019. The total was down more than $2,500 from the 2017 sum, but fortunes should reverse in 2022 with the planned opening of a new Dollar General store in town.

Wheaton, with two taxes, produced $146,998.83 after receiving big out-of-proportion payments in both September and December that appear powered by a taxpayer in arrears catching up. The sum represented a 52 percent gain in income or almost $50,000 without adding new retailers, a record unlikely to repeat in future years. Receipts from Wheaton's general fund rose by 50 percent and the transportation tax receipts were up 58 percent. In 2019, Wheaton received less than half that total.

Lawrence County, which has three .5 percent sales taxes, received $6,206,167.09, a gain of 11 percent for the year after rising 10 percent in 2020, up almost $600,000 from a year ago. The county's use tax produced $1,017,205.42, up 24 percent from 2020 as online sales shopping grows in popularity. In 2019 use tax revenues totaled less than half that amount.

Barry County, which levies three taxes, took in $5,829,251.55, up 10 percent after a 9 percent rise in 2020. The sum is more than $1 million greater than what the county received in 2019 before the pandemic. The county's second tax for the general fund augmented coffers by $652,784.55 in 2021.

Barry County 911, supported by a 3/8 percent sales tax, garnered $1,932,310.48, up 10 percent after a 9 percent gain in 2020. That represents a gain of more than $300,000 since pre-pandemic 2019.

Lawrence County 911, supported by its .5 percent sales tax, received $1,908,760.54, up 5 percent or almost $100,000 over the first full year of collections in 2020.

South Barry County Ambulance District, south of Butterfield, collected an eight-cent sales tax totaling $947,545.29, down $4,344.83 from 2020. The sum is still more than $100,000 higher than the 2018 total.

The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District collected $1,218,120.65 from its .5 percent sales tax, up 16 percent or almost $200,000 from its first full year of collections in 2020.

Sales tax collected in 2021 for all governments

City 1 percent general Compared to 2020
Aurora $1,388,228.68 +12%
Cassville $1,165,233.29 +9%
Exeter $26,978.27 +7%
Marionville $187,022.68 -3%
Miller (1.5%) $144,514.72 +20%
Monett $2,315,601.35 +7%
Mt. Vernon $963,073.08 +11%
Pierce City (1.125%) $127,861.29 +8%
Purdy $66,647.83 -3%
Seligman $141,135.32 +5%
Verona $43,744.63 +13%
Washburn $28,164.13 -16%
Wheaton $105,374.86 +50%
Barry County (.5%) $2,588,120.77 +10%
Lawrence County (.5%) $1,910,121.72 +11%
Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: