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County sales tax climbs by 3.8%
LIVINGSTON –Polk County's sales tax income climbed by a modest 3.8 percent in October, pushing total income for the year to over $2 million. According to a report posted by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, the county's October sales tax rebate totaled $171,638.75, which was up by $6,251.32 from the $165,387.43 received in October 2012. The October gain followed 14.4 percent increases in both August and September. The latest rebate total is the third largest September sales tax payment ever received by Polk County. The largest was the $215,282.81 received in October 2006. So far this calendar year, a total of more than $2 million in sales tax has been collected in Polk County, a figure that is up by $483,095 or about 31.5 percent from the more than $1.5 million received in the first 10 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 August and reported to the Comptroller in September by monthly filers. In addition to the increase in county sales tax income, Combs reported gains in collections for all five of Polk County's incorporated cities. Livingston received an October rebate totaling $284,345.19, a figure that was up by 4.7 percent or $12,700.48 from the $271,644.71 received in October 2012. So far this calendar year, Livingston has received almost $3.1 million from the tax. This represents an increase of 14.7 percent or $394,123.93 from the first 10 months of 2012. Onalaska received $36,342.83 in October, which was up by $3,973,59 or 12.3 percent from the $32,369.24 reported one year earlier. During the first 10 months of the year, Onalaska has collected $371,308.42 from the tax. This is up by $22,925.55 or 6.6 percent from the same period of 2012. Corrigan's October sales tax rebate was $29,273.91, which was up by $6,938.72 or 31.1 percent from the $22,335.19 received in October 2012. The year-to-date total for Corrigan now stands at $284,383.44, which is up by $19,492.55 or 7.4 percent from the first 10 months of 2012. Goodrich also reported an increase with its $1,994.75 October rebate. This represented a $327.42 or 19.6 percent increase over the $1,667.33 collected one year earlier. Since Jan. 1, Goodrich has received $19,096.67 from the sales tax, which is up by $2,183.35 or 12.9 percent from the $16,913.32 collected during the first 10 months of 2012. Seven Oaks received $155.36 in October, up by $16.65 or 12 percent from the $138.71 received one year ago. Thus far this year, Seven Oaks' sales tax has generated $1,810.48, which is up by $497/06 or 37.8 percent from the $1,313.42 collected during the same period in 2012. In her report, Combs said the state received $2.01 billion in sales tax revenue during the month, which represented a 2.7 percent increase from one year ago. "State sales tax revenue collections continued to grow at a moderate pace," Combs said. "Growth was led by collections from the construction, telecommunications and retail sectors. State sales tax revenue has now increased for 42 consecutive months." Combs sent October sales tax allocations of $382.1 million to Texas cities, which was up by 5.6 percent from October 2012. Texas counties received $38.1 million in rebate checks, up by 0.1 percent compared to one year ago. Other East Texas cities that received October rebates: • Huntsville received a payment of $ 511,566.15, which was up by almost 1 percent from one year ago. So far this year, the city has collected over $5.5 million from the tax, which is up by 1.9 percent from the same period in 2012. • Lufkin received a payment of $1.02 million, which was down by almoist 1 percent from one year ago. So far this year, the city has collected almost $11.2 million from the tax, which is up by 3.9 percent from the same period of 2012. • Diboll received a payment of $ 46,414.52, which was down by 8.3 percent from October 2012. So far this year, the city has collected $517,490.18 from the tax, which is up by 5.4 percent from the same period of 2012. • Woodville received a payment of $87,189.66, which was up by 23.1 percent from October 2012. So far this year, the city has collected $974,199.16 from the tax, which is up by 21.4 percent from the same period of 2012.