Comptroller Sends $541 Million in Revenue to Local Governments
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
State sales tax revenue in October was $1.62 billion, up 6.6 percent compared to October 2009, according to the latest figures released by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. Houston County and the taxing entities within it will receive their November checks from the comptroller’s office on Monday, Nov. 15. Houston County’s sales tax revenue in October was $82,245.55, an increase of 77.79% above the $46,25856 collected in October 2009. Combs’ figures indicate Crockett’s October sales tax revenue was $139,834.64, a 1.10% increase over the $138,309.00 collected in October 2009. Crockett’s total 2010 payments to date are $1,240,534.76, a 4.15% decrease from the 2009 payments to date which totaled $1,294,248.10. Kennard collected $1,413.29 last month, a 9.17% increase over the $1,294.52 collected one year ago. Kennard’s 2010 payments to date total $13,006.95, a 4.90% decrease when compared to the 2009 payments to date which totaled $13,677.35. Lovelady also shows an increase. Lovelady collected $3,489.73 in October, an 8.33% increase over the $3,221.33 collected in October 2009. Lovelady’s collection total to date is $26,658.02, a 29.39% decrease over the 2009 collection total to date, which was $37,759.22. Grapeland and Latexo figures are lower than this time last year, according to the state comptroller’s figures. Grapeland’s net payment this period is $17,633.64, 2.62% less than one year ago when the net payment was $18,108.42. Additionally, Grapeland’s 2010 payments to date, $163,989.76, are 3.85% lower than its 2009 payments to date, $170,556.50. According to the state comptroller’s figures, Latexo is due a net payment of $963.81 for October, which is 28.85% less than the payment one year ago. However, the 2010 payments to date for Latexo amount to $13,213.58, a 37.34% increase over the 2009 payments to date which totaled $13,677.35. “Total sales tax collections have now exceeded year ago amounts for a seventh consecutive month,” said Combs in a press release. “Once again growth was posted in major sectors like the oil and gas industry, retail trade and construction. We will need to keep monitoring revenue from these and other sectors to see if tax collections maintain an upward trend.” Combs will distribute $541.4 million in November sales tax rebates to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts. Local sales tax allocations are up 8.1 percent compared to a year ago. Combs will send Texas cities $367.2 million in sales tax allocations, up 7.2 percent compared to November 2009. So far this calendar year, city sales tax allocations are down 0.2 percent compared to the same time period last year, according to Combs. Texas counties will receive November sales tax allocations of $32.2 million, up 14.2 percent compared to one year ago, the comptroller reported. For the calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are running 2.2 percent below 2009 revenues, according to Combs. The 169 special purpose taxing districts around the state are getting $22.9 million in sales tax, up 18.2 percent compared to last November. November sales tax allocations to local govern-ments represent September sales reported to the Comptroller in October by monthly tax filers and July, August and September sales reported to the Comptroller in October by quarterly tax filers.
The comptroller’s December local sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, Dec. 10.