Comptroller Combs Distributes $556 Million in Local Sales Tax Revenue
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
Houston County and the cities within the county will receive a total of $239,810.15 in sales tax revenue as part of the August distribution by the state comptroller. State Comptroller Susan Combs recently announced her office will send $556.3 million in August sales tax allocations to local governments, up 2.3 percent compared to August 2009. So far this calendar year, sales tax allocations to local governments are down 2.5 percent compared to this time last year, Combs reported. Combs will send sales tax payments of $375.5 million to Texas cities, up 2.2 percent compared to last August. Calendar year-to-date, city sales tax revenues trail 2009 by 2.2 percent. Net payments to cities in Houston County will be: Crockett, $136,197.15; Grape-land, $19,151.74; Kennard, $1,580.48; Latexo, $1,563.65; Lovelady, $3,076.80. The payment to Crockett is down 3.49 percent from this time last year, according to the comptroller’s report. Kennard showed a 16.92 percent reduction and Lovelady showed a 38.94 percent reduction. Latexo’s payment is 36.76 percent higher than one year ago, and Grapeland’s is 5.87 percent higher, according to the comptroller’s report. Sales tax payments of $33.7 million will go to Texas counties, 0.2 percent below last August. So far in calendar year 2010, county sales tax allocations are down 5.6 percent compared to last year. Houston County is scheduled to receive a payment of $78,250.33, which is up 7.5 percent from one year ago. In addition, $23.5 million in sales tax revenue goes to 169 special purpose taxing districts, up 11.1 percent compared to August 2009. Ten local transit systems will receive $123.5 million, up 1.6 percent compared to a year ago. August sales tax allocations represent sales taxes collected in June by businesses that file sales taxes monthly, and sales taxes collected in April, May and June by quarterly filers. State sales tax revenue in July was $1.69 billion, up 2.2 percent compared to one year ago, according to Combs. “Total monthly sales tax revenue has now exceeded year-ago levels for the last four months,” Combs said. “Sales tax collections in major sectors such as retail trade, the oil and natural gas industry and construction are up from a year ago. We are monitoring these sectors to see if collections are returning to consistent growth.” Due to the Labor Day holiday, the comptroller’s next sales tax allocation will be delayed until Monday, Sept.13.