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Comptroller delivers $488 million in sales tax
Polk County Enterprise - December 2008
LIVINGSTON – Polk County received $359,151.12 in sales tax distribution from State Comptroller Susan Combs for the month of November. That’s a 17 percent increase over last month’s distribution and nearly 31 percent more than November 2007. The City of Livingston received $300,088.74 in sales tax revenues for November, a 28.94 percent increase over November 2007, leaving the city with net increase of 1.59 percent for the year to date. The City of Onalaska saw an increase of 33.73 percent over the same period last year, netting $29,243.13 in November. Onalaska’s sales tax revenues are up 13.27 percent for the year. The City of Corrigan received $22,807 in November, a 34.80 percent increase over November 2007. Corrigan’s sales tax revenue has increased 19.64 percent this year. Revenues for the City of Goodrich are up 46.79 percent for the year and a whopping 167.76 percent for the same period last year, bringing in $6,908.22 in November. The City of Seven Oaks continues to hemorrhage sales tax revenues nearly three years after beer and wine sales became legal in Livingston. Seven Oaks’ sales tax receipts are down 51.13 percent for the year and 74.87 percent for November 2008 when compared with the same period last year. The state of Texas collected $1.98 billion in sales tax in November, up 4.7 percent compared to November 2007. “For the first three months of the state’s 2009 fiscal year, state sales tax collections have continued to grow,” Combs said. “However, the increase is less than in the past three years, and collections from important sectors such as retail trade and construction have declined slightly.” The Comptroller sent cities, counties, special purpose districts and transit systems their final sales tax allocations of 2008 — $488 million, up 9.2 percent compared to last December. Despite the economic slowdown, Combs said local governments collected $5.9 billion in sales tax this year, 6.3 percent more than in 2007. Combs sent Texas cities December sales tax allocations of $328.5 million, up 9.5 percent compared to December 2007. City sales tax allocations during calendar year 2008 totaled $4 billion, up 5.6 percent compared to 2007. Counties’ December sales tax allocations totaled $30.8 million, up 11.8 percent compared to December 2007. Counties received $365.8 million in sales tax during calendar year 2008, up 7.9 percent compared to last year. Ten local transit systems received December sales tax allocations of $109.7 million, a 5.1 percent increase over December 2007. Sales tax allocations to transit systems this year totaled $1.3 billion, up 6.2 percent compared to the 2007 total. December sales tax allocations of $19.2 million went to 150 special purpose taxing districts, an increase of 26.4 percent compared to last December. Special purpose districts received $215.1 million during 2008, up 19.1 percent compared to 2007. For details of December 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 next local sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, Jan.9.