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County sales tax climbs by 9.4%

 

LIVINGSTON – Polk County's sales tax income was up by 9.4 percent in December, bringing the total for 2013 to a new record high of almost $2.4 million. According to a report posted by Texas Comptroller Susan Comb, the county's December sales tax rebate totaled $167,756.92, which was up by $14,474.70 from the $153,282.22 received in December 2012. The December gain followed an 11.7 percent climb in November, a 3.8 percent increase in October and 14.4 percent increases in both August and September. The latest rebate total is the largest December sales tax payment ever received by Polk County. The previous record was the $166,832.17 received in December 2008. During all of 2013, the county collected almoat $2.37 million in sales tax, a fi gure that is up by $516,622.88 or about 27.9 percent from the $1.85 million received in of 2012. The January to December collections in 2013 also were a record for the county, topping the previous high mark of $2.31 million set in 2007. Combs' offi ce collects the county and city sales taxes along with the state sales tax and sends the local entities a rebate for their share each month. Polk County collects a 0.5 percent tax on sales while the cities of Livingston, Onalaska and Corrigan asses a 1.5 percent tax. Goodrich and Seven Oaks each have a 1 percent sales tax. The December check represents taxes collected by local merchants in October and reported to the Comptroller in November by monthly fi lers. In addition to the increase in county sales tax income, Combs reported December gains in collections for three of Polk County's fi ve incorporated cities – Corrigan, Goodrich and Seven Oaks. Livingston and Onalaska each recorded slight declines in income. Livingston received a December rebate totaling $268,429.97, a fi gure that was down by 2.3 percent or $6,333.39 from the $274,783.46 received in December 2012. During 2013 Livingston received over $3.6 million from the tax. This represents an increase of 12.8 percent or $413,644.42 from the $3.2 million collected in 2012. Like the county, 2013 was a record high year for the city's sales tax income, topping the old mark set in 2012. Corrigan's December sales tax rebate was $33,881.74, which was up by $12,928.53 or 61.7 percent from the $20,953.21 received in December 2012. The year-to-date total for Corrigan, also a new record high, is $361,773.26, which is up by $46,188.80 or 14.6 percent from the old record of $315,584.46 set in 2012. With a rebate of $29,059.07, Onalaska's sales tax check was down by $712.90 or 2.4 percent from the $29,771.97 reported one year earlier. During 2013 Onalaska collected a record $449,955.15 from the tax. This is up by $18,442.55 or almost 4.3 percent from the previous record high of $431,512.60 recorded in 2012. Although not setting any records, Goodrich did record gains in December as well as an increase in 2013 total collections. During December Goodrich received $2,211.04 in sales tax income which was up by $200.09 or almost 10 percent from the $2,010.95 received in December 2012. The total for the year was $22,597.76, which was up by $2,203.62 or 10.8 percent from the $20,394.14 collected in 2012. The record high for the city was the $41,677.33 received in 2011. While Seven Oaks also recorded a slight gain in income in December and for the year as a whole, it also fell well short or breaking the calendar year collection record. Seven Oaks received $116.71 in December, which was up 16 cents or 0.1 percent from the $116.55 received one year ago. During 2013, Seven Oaks' sales tax has generated $2,248.42, which is up by $468.86 or 26.3 percent from the $1,779.56 collected in 2012. The record high for the city was the $23,034.15 received in 2005. In her report, Combs said the state received $2.41 billion in sales tax revenue during the month, which represented a 2.8 percent increase from one year ago. "State sales tax revenue continues to grow at a moderate pace as expected," Combs said. "Sales tax collections have increased for 44 consecutive months. Revenue from sectors such as wholesale trade, services industries and restaurants contributed to the most recent increase." Combs sent December sales tax allocations of $377.1 million to Texas cities, which was up by 4.5 percent from December 2012. Texas counties received $38.2 million in rebate checks, up by 2.6 percent compared to one year ago. In the latest report, Houston received the state's largest check for almost $48.8 million, which was up by 4.9 percent from the $46.5 million delivered one year ago. San Antonio's sales tax allocation was more than $22.8 million, which was up by 15.9 percent from the $19.6 million received one year ago. The $20 million issued to Dallas in December reflects a 6.1 percent increase from the $18.9 million received one year earlier. The Austin sales tax allocation for December was $13.5 million, which was down by 1.7 percent from the $13.7 million received one year earlier. Other East Texas cities that received December rebates: • Huntsville received a payment of $531,262.08, which was up by 6.8 percent from one year ago. During 2013 the city collected almost $6.7 million from the tax, which is up by 2.8 percent from 2012. • Lufkin received a payment of $992,194.88, which was up by 1.2 percent from one year ago. During 2013 the city collected over $13.2 million from the tax, which is up by 2.56 percent from 2012. • Diboll received a payment of $49,942.36, which was up by 16.9 percent from December 2012. During 2013 the city has collected $609,609.14 from the tax, which is up by 2.7 percent from the same period of 2012. • Woodville received a payment of $93,983.73, which was up by 15.8 percent from December 2012. Durng 2013 the city collected almost $1.2 million from the tax, which is up by 19.7 percent from 2012. • Chester received a payment of $609.91, which was down by 49.8 percent from the total collected one year ago. During 2013 the city collected $14,056.56 from the tax, which is up by 5.7 percent from 2012. • Trinity received a payment of $49,824.30, which was up by 6.1 percent from one year ago. During 2013 the city collected over $1 million from the tax, which is down by 6.2 percent from 2012. • Shepherd received a payment of $19,602.54, which was up by 11.3 percent from the December 2012 payment. During 2013 the city collected $231,407.93 from the tax, which is up by 2.5 percent from 2012. • Coldspring received a payment of $18,936.21, which was down by 43.9 percent from the December 2012 payment. During 2013 the city collected $242,905.60 from the tax, which is down by 0.5 percent from 2012.

 

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