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Stories Added - October 2009
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Comptroller Susan Combs Delivers $418 Million in Local Sales Tax Revenue
Houston County Courier -  October 2009

AUSTIN - Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said on Friday, Oct. 9 the state collected $1.47 billion in sales tax in September, down 12.5 percent compared to a year ago.
“Declining sales tax collections, which began in February, have continued with September’s collections,” Combs said. 
“Weakness is still evident in all major sectors of the state economy, including oil and natural gas, retail trade, and construction.  Decreases in monthly collections are expected to continue through the end of 2009.”
Combs sent local governments $418.5 million in monthly sales tax allocations, a 7.6 percent decrease compared to a year ago.
So far this calendar year, local sales tax allocations are down 3.7 percent compared to the same period in 2008. 
Combs distributed monthly sales tax allocations of $282.8 million to Texas cities, down 7.3 percent compared to last October. Texas counties received sales tax allocations of $25.5 million, down 10.7 percent compared to a year ago.
The 153 special purpose taxing districts around the state got $16.7 million in sales tax revenue, a decrease of 1.4 percent compared to a year ago. Ten Texas transit systems received $93.3 million in sales tax, down 8.4 percent compared to a year ago.
The state and local sales tax figures represent sales that occurred in August.
For details of sales tax allocations 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 website www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.
The comptroller’s next local sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, Nov. 6.






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