The Camdenton sales tax general revenue fund was up 12.89 percent in July compared to last year and receipts totaled close to $20,000 more than the last month of June when officials reported an 8.6 percent decrease from June of 2016.

The Camdenton sales tax general revenue fund was up 12.89 percent in July compared to last year and receipts totaled close to $20,000 more than the last month of June when officials reported an 8.6 percent decrease from June of 2016.

Last month, Camdenton reported a year-to-date increase of 0.86 percent from 2016 with three months remaining in the fiscal year which resets in October. However, after July’s total the city is now up 2.23 percent for the year as opposed to the previous year.

“I am pleased to announce that sales tax was up 12.89 percent for this month, so that brings our year-to-date to 2.23 percent, and my suspicions were pretty much correct that the state was probably — since it was statewide and most cities saw this type of increase — holding a little bit of the cities’ money to make sure they could take care of their own bills for a little while,” City Clerk Renée Kingston told the Board of Alderman Tuesday evening.

Kingston added that the city was through 75 percent of its budget with cash balances and financial statements indicating each department is doing well.

For July, the city reported a total of $168,016.32 in sales tax receipts under the general revenue fund, up from $148,835.94 in July 2016 and also up from last month’s total of $148,402.35.

This year’s monthly totals were the single highest numbers reported in the 2016-2017 fiscal year with December 2016 being the second highest at $166,684.74. It’s the third largest monthly total reported since 2014 behind September 2016 at $189,158.54 and September 2015 at $182,545.84.

With two months remaining in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the city will need to report a total of $301,256.64 to surpass the 2015-2016 totals and $217,206.90 to surpass the 2014-2015 totals.

In 2015-2016, Camdenton reported the two month total at $330,360.16 and $293,404.24 in 2014-2015, which indicates the city has a good chance of reporting its best year in the past three.

OTHER BUSINESS

Mid-County Fire Protection District Chief Scott Frandsen told the board that emergency calls are up nearly 100 percent for the year through six months. Frandsen reported the district has responded to 1,039 calls for service in the first six months of the year compared to 624 calls for service for the same period last year.

Frandsen did not attribute the increase in calls to the merger of the Camdenton Fire Department and MCFPD, but did state that the additional personnel has allowed the department to handle the additional call load. In June, MCFPD responded to 61 calls within the city as opposed to 82 last year during the same time.

The board of aldermen approved a request on behalf of Camdenton Police Department Chief Laura Wright to install two street lights on Hazelwood Terrace, a street the city recently took over and renovated through a capital improvement project.

Wright said an officer visited the street and confirmed the need and she requested to construct one at the beginning of the street and one toward the middle. The city plans to bid out the work to Laclede Electric at a future meeting.