Office of the County Treasurer
Kathy (Seneker) Fairchild
Historic Courthouse - 8-4 Mon-Fri - 417-466-2662
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Updates on county finances
8-11-20: Lawrence County had another good month on sales tax revenue. The road districts' CART revenue showed signs of recovery, though they still lagged. The county commission awarded reimbursement and advance approval grants from the Coronavirus Relief Fund.
7-13-20: Sales tax revenue was up for the fourth month in a row, though CART revenue for the road districts fell sharply again. The county commission is winding up its Phase 1 awards from the Coronavirus Relief Fund and is launching the Phase 2 application period. Details.
6-16-20: Despite the pandemic, year-to-date sales and use tax revenues are up. However, CART revenue that supports the county's 15 road districts fell sharply in May. We continue to monitor the economic situation in Lawrence County closely. The county has received $4.49 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds. The funds cannot be used for revenue replacement but can be used for expenses related to the COVID-19 health emergency. The county currently is accepting applications from nonprofits and public entities for reimbursements. Deadline is June 26. Additional phases of distribution will likely include grants. See the COVID Fund page on this web site for the application form and details.
3-20-20: Lawrence County's sales tax revenue remains slightly below this period last year. In the economic aftermath of the current crisis, we anticipate challenges but will be working together to address them.
2-19-20: Lawrence County's sales tax revenue was down slightly in February and is now down slightly for the year. In preparing the 2020 budget, the county anticipated slow or no growth in sales tax since revenue has been trending down. It budgeted $1.53 million for the half-cent general revenue sales tax. In 2018, the tax brought in $1.563 million; and in 2019, $1.556 million.
1-8-20: Lawrence County started the year with a modest increase in sales tax revenue. Lawrence County Clerk Tammy Riebe will present the proposed 2020 budget at a public hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the second floor courtroom of the Historic Courthouse.
12-11-19: Despite a good December payment, Lawrence County is ending the year with $7,357 less sales tax revenue than last year. However, that total is more than the $1.53 million anticipated in the budget. Lawrence County Clerk Tammy Riebe and other county officeholders are currently working on the 2020 budget.
10-10-19: Sales tax was down for the month of October. For the year, it's down close to 1%. Use tax is down nearly 2% for the year.
9-17-19: September was a good month for sales tax revenue though we're still a little behind for the year. Sales tax revenue was down five of the first nine months of 2019.
8-21-19: Sales tax revenue is down for the year.
6-7-19: The County Commission has selected Mid-Missouri Bank as county depository. The county is no longer lagging behind last year on sales tax. With the latest sales tax disbursement, our year-to-date revenue has made it slightly ahead of last year's year-to-date.
4-24-19: The County is in the process of accepting proposals for depository services. The text of our public notice follows:
The Lawrence County Commission is seeking proposals from banking corporations which desire to be selected as the depository of County funds in compliance with RSMo. 110 for a 4 year period, with Lawrence County reserving the right to re-bid within 2 years. Any banking corporation desiring to bid shall deliver a sealed proposal to the County Clerk’s office, 1 Courthouse Square, Suite 101, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712, on or before May 15, 2019. Bids will be opened at 10:00 a.m. in the office of the County Commission on the 16th of May. For bid specifications or additional information, contact Kathy Fairchild, County Treasurer, at 466-2662, P.O. Box 46, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712. The County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Faxed or emailed bids will not be accepted.
4-11-19: Sales tax was down a bit in April, bringing the year-to-date total at 1.5 percent below last year at this time.
3-15-19: Sales tax revenue was down again in March, leaving Lawrence County's primary revenue source 1.6 percent lower than it was during the same period last year. In budgeting for 2019, the county anticipated the possibility of lackluster sales tax revenue. The 2019 anticipated revenue from the half-cent General Revenue Sales Tax is the same budgeted for 2018: $1.53 million. We were fortunate to finish 2018 a little higher than the budget predicted, with $1,563,276.57 in sales tax revenue.
2-28-19: Sales tax fell dramatically in February; but since it was higher in January, the county's year-to-date is slightly above the same period last year-
1-18-19: Lawrence County's first sales tax revenue of 2019 came in substantially higher than January 2018's unusually low number. It is, however, right in line with earlier January revenue. The county has left its 2019 budget projection at the same level as the 2018 budget - $1.53 million - because of slow growth, some business changes in the county and the impact of online sales. Sales tax is the county's largest source of revenue.
- Lawrence County Treasurer Kathy Fairchild