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Sales tax income continues to climb

 

LIVINGSTON –Polk County's sales tax income was up by 11.7 percent in November, bringing the total for 2013 to over $2.2 million. According to a report posted by Texas Comptroller Susan Comb, the county's November sales tax rebate totaled $182,468.78, which was up by $19,052.35 from the $163,416.43 received in November 2012. The November gain followed a 3.8 increase in October and 14.4 percent increases in both August and September. The latest rebate total is the third largest November sales tax payment ever received by Polk County. The largest was the $191,817.51 received in November 2007. So far this calendar year, a total of more than $2.2 million in sales tax has been collected in Polk County, a figure that is up by $502,148.18 or about 29.6 percent from the almost $1.7 million received in the first 11 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 November check represents taxes collected by local merchants in September and reported to the Comptroller in October by monthly filers. It also includes the taxes collected in July, August and September by merchants that file quarterly reports. In addition to the increase in county sales tax income, Combs reported November gains in collections for two of Polk County's five incorporated cities – Livingston and Corrigan. Livingston received an November rebate totaling $291,781.60, a figure that was up by 9.7 percent or $25,853.88 from the $265,927.72 received in November 2012. So far this calendar year, Livingston has received almost $3.4 million from the tax. This represents an increase of 14.3 percent or $419,977.81 from the first 11 months of 2012. Corrigan's November sales tax rebate was $43,508.08, which was up by $13,767.72 or 46.3 percent from the $29,740.36 received in November 2012. The year-to-date total for Corrigan now stands at $327,891.52, which is up by $33,260.27 or 11.3 percent from the first 11 months of 2012. With a rebate of $49,587.66, Onalaska's sales tax check was down by $3,770.05 or 7.1 percent from the $53,357.71 reported one year earlier. During the first 11 months of the year, Onalaska has collected $420,896.08 from the tax. This is up by $19,155.45 or almost 4.8 percent from the same period of 2012. Goodrich also recorded an decrease with its $1,290.05 November rebate. This represented a $179.82 or 12.2 percent decline from the $1,469.87 collected one year earlier. Since Jan. 1, Goodrich has received $20,386.72 from the sales tax, which is up by $2,003.53 or 10.9 percent from the $18,383.19 collected during the first 11 months of 2012. Seven Oaks received $321.23 in October, which was down by $28.36 or 8.1 percent from the $349.59 received one year ago. Thus far this year, Seven Oaks' sales tax has generated $2,131.71, which is up by $468.70 or 28.2 percent from the $1,663.01 collected during the same period in 2012. In her report, Combs said the state received $2.14 billion in sales tax revenue during the month, which represented a 5.4 percent increase from one year ago. "Growth in sales tax revenues was led by collections from the telecommunications sector," Combs said. "The construction sector also showed significant gains. State sales tax revenue has increased for 43 consecutive months." Combs sent November sales tax allocations of $431.9 million to Texas cities, which was up by 6.8 percent from November 2012. Texas counties received $41 million in rebate checks, up by 2.4 percent compared to one year ago. In the latest report, Houston received the state's largest check for almiost $54.6 million, which was up by 5.5 percent from the $51.7 million delivered one year ago. San Antonio's sales tax allocation was more than $25.4 million, which was up by 14.5 percent from the $22.2 million received one year ago. The $22.8 million issued to Dallas in November reflects a 7.9 percent increase from the $21.1 million received one year earlier. The Austin sales tax allocation for Novmeber was $15.2 million, which was up by 10.8 percent from the $13.8 million received one year earlier. Other East Texas cities that received November rebates: • Huntsville received a payment of $733,623.97, which was up by 6.7 percent from one year ago. So far this year, the city has collected almost $6.2 million from the tax, which is up by 2.4 percent from the same period in 2012. • Lufkin received a payment of $1.07 million, which was down by almost 8.8 percent from one year ago. So far this year, the city has collected over $11.9 million from the tax, which is up by 2.7 percent from the same period of 2012. • Diboll received a payment of $42,176.60, which was down by 29.7 percent from November 2012. So far this year, the city has collected $559,666.78 from the tax, which is up by 1.6 percent from the same period of 2012. • Woodville received a payment of $112,726.37, which was up by 9.5 percent from November 2012. So far this year, the city has collected $1.1 million from the tax, which is up by 20 percent from the same period of 2012. • Chester received a payment of $1,506.10, which was up by 24.8 percent from the total collected one year ago. So far this year, the city has collected $13,446.65 from the tax, which is up by 11.3 percent from the same period of 2012. • Trinity received a payment of $139,151.90, which was down by 21.7 percent from one year ago. So far this year, the city has collected $983,408.58 from the tax, which is down by 6.7 percent from the same period of 2012. • Shepherd received a payment of $20,750.59, which was down by 11.1 percent from the November 2012 payment. So far this year, the city has collected $211,805.39 from the tax, which is up by 1.8 percent from the same period of 2012. • Coldspring received a payment of $22,983.13, which was down by 16.9 percent from the November 2012 payment. So far this year, the city has collected $223,969.39 from the tax, which is down by almost 3 percent from the same period of 2012.

 

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