Local Governments Get $567 Million in Sales Tax Revenue
Houston County Courier
AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs an-nounced the state collected $1.68 billion in sales tax reve-nue in April, up 1.4 percent compared to April 2009. Overall for the period Hou-ston County collections were up 7.7 percent over last year’s figures. For this period the county reported collecting $167,719.87 compared to $155,724.03 for the same pe-riod last year. The city of Crockett reported a 6.12 percent increase; Grapeland reported a 15.93 percent increase; Kennard reported a decrease of 7.90 percent; Latexo reported an increase of 73.42 percent; and Lovelady reporteda decrease of 21.43 percent. “This modest increase is welcome after 14 consecutive months of year-over-year de-clines,” Combs said. “Retail trade saw a nearly 5 percent increase in collections, and gains also occurred in the manufacturing sector. Offsetting this were remit-tances from the oil and natural gas production sector and construction, which continued to decline, but at rates moderating substantially from those seen earlier this fiscal year. April may signal the begin-ning of a recovery in sales tax collections, although further declines may occur as the sales tax gradually returns to growth.” Combs will distribute $567 million in May sales tax allo-cations to local governments on Friday, up 4.7 percent compared to May 2009. So far this calendar year, sales tax allocations to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts are down 4.8 percent com-pared to a year ago. Combs will send May sales tax allocations of $385.2 mil-lion to Texas cities, up 5 per-cent compared to May 2009. Calendar year-to-date, city sales tax allocations remain down 4.4 percent compared to the same period last year. Texas counties will receive sales tax payments of $33.7 million, up 3.8 percent com-pared to one year ago. Calen-dar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are 9.4 percent lower than last year. In addition, $22.4 million will go to 165 special purpose taxing districts throughout the state, up 4.9 percent compared to last May. Ten local transit systems will get $125.5 million in sales tax allocations, up 4 percent com-pared to a year ago. May’s sales tax allocations to local governments represent March sales that were reported to the Comptroller in April by monthly tax filers and January, February and March sales reported to the Comptroller in April by quarterly tax filers. For details of May sales tax payments to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales and Use Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports on the Comptroller’s Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html. The Comptroller’s June sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, June 11.