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County sales tax income up by 14.4%

 

LIVINGSTON – Polk County sales tax income continued to climb in September, growing by more than 14.4 percent over the amount collected one year earlier. According to a report posted by Texas Comptroller Susan Comb, the county's September sales tax rebate totaled $186,099.25, which was up by $23,435.16 from the $162,664.09 received in September 2012. The September gain followed a 14.4 percent increase in August and a 178.1 percent jump in July. The latest rebate total is the largest September sales tax payment ever issued to Polk County, topping the previous monthly high recorded one year ago in September 2012. So far this calendar year, a total of more than $1.8 million in sales tax has been collected in Polk County, a figure that is up by $476,884.51 or about 4.8 percent from the almost $1.4 million received in the first nine months of 2012. Combs' office collects the county and city sales taxes along with the state sales tax and sends the local entities a rebate for their share each month. Polk County collects a 0.5 percent tax on sales while the cities of Livingston, Onalaska and Corrigan asses a 1.5 percent tax. Goodrich and Seven Oaks each have a 1 percent sales tax. The September check represents taxes collected by local merchants in July and reported to the Comptroller in August by monthly filers. In addition to the increase in county sales tax income, Combs reported gains in collections for four of Polk County's five incorporated cities. Livingston received a September rebate totaling $323,614.26, a figure that was up by 24.8 percent or $64,357.64 from the $259,256.62 received in September 2012. So far this calendar year, Livingston has received almost $2.8 million from the tax. This represents an increase of 15.8 percent or $381,42.45 from one year ago. Onalaska received $35,488.91 in September, which was up by $3,465.11 or 10.8 percent from the $32,023.80 reported one year earlier. During the first nine months of the year, Onalaska has collected $334,965,59 from the tax. This is up by $18,951.91 or 6 percent from the same period of 2012. Corrigan's September sales tax rebate was $27,183.17, which was up by $5,529.30 or 25.5 percent from the $21,653.87 received in September 2012. The year-to-date total for Corrigan now stands at $255,109.53, which is up by $12,553.83 or 5.2 percent from the first nine months of 2012. Goodrich also reported an increase with its $1,818.98 September rebate. This represented a $535.01 or 41.7 percent increase over the $1,283.97 collected one year earlier. Since Jan. 1, Goodrich has received $17,101.92 from the sales tax, which is up by $1,855,93 or 12.2 percent from the $15,245.99 collected during the first nine months of 2012. The only Polk County city to list a decrease in sales tax income was Seven Oaks. The "For the recently ended fiscal year, state sales tax revenue totaled $25.8 billion, an increase of 7.2 percent from fiscal 2012. Both business and consumer spending contributed to the gains for the year," she added Combs sent September sales tax allocations of $379.2 million to Texas cities, which was up by 3.5 percent from September 2012. Texas counties received $36.6 million in September rebate checks, up by 1.9 percent compared to the amout received one year ago. In the latest report, Houston received the state's largest check for almost $49.5 million, which was up by 2.4 percent from the $48.3 million delivered one year ago. San Antonio's sales tax allocation was more than $22.8 million, which was up by 12.7 percent from the $20.3 million received one year ago. The $19.3 million issued to Dallas in September reflects a 4.5 percent decrease from the $20.2 million received one year earlier. Other East Texas cities that received September rebates: • Huntsville received a payment of $470,433.64, which was down by almost 1 percent from one year ago. So far this year, the city has collected over $4.9 million from the tax, which is up by 2 percent from the same period in 2012. • Lufkin received a payment of $965,563.63, which was up by 2.1 percent from one year ago. So far this year, the city has collected almost $10.2 million from the tax, which is up by 4.5 percent from the same period of 2012. • Diboll received a payment of $46,742.18, which was down by 56.2 percent from September 2012. So far this year, the city has collected $471,075.66 from the tax, which is up by 7 percent from the same period of 2012. • Woodville received a payment of $88,801.30, which was up by 34.5 percent from September 2012. So far this year, the city has collected $887,009.50 from the tax, which is up by 21.13 percent from the same period of 2012. • Chester received a payment of $1,154.03, which was up by 6.2 percent from the total collected one year ago. So far this year, the city has collected $10,508.42 was down by $12.55 or 8.8 percent from the $141.93 received one year ago. Thus far this year, Seven Oaks' sales tax has generated $1,655.12, whuch is up by $480.41 or 40.9 percent friom the $1,174.71 collected during the same period in 2012. In her report, Combs said the state received $2.39 billion in sales tax revenue during the month, which represented a 2.1 percent increase from one year ago. "The latest monthly gains were led by sectors such as construction and the restaurant industry," Combs said. from the tax, which is up by 6.4 percent from the same period of 2012. • Trinity received a payment of $50,210.64, which was up by 5.2 percent from one year ago. So far this year, the city has collected over $793,046 from the tax, which is down by 4.6 percent from the same period of 2012. • Shepherd received a payment of $14,752.70, which was down by 23.5 percent from the September 2012 payment. So far this year, the city has collected $174,749.33 from the tax, which is up by 4.5 percent from the same period of 2012. • Coldspring received a payment of $17,500.44, which was up by 14.4 percent from the September 2012 payment. So far this year, the city has collected $183,249.86 from the tax, which is down by almost 1 percent from the same period of 2012.

 

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