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Checks from comptroller for sales tax up again
Polk County Enterprise - March 2008

AUSTIN— State sales tax allocations climbed for the cities of Livingston, Goodrich and Corrigan for the month of February, according to reports released by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs this week. These increases put all the local entities except Seven Oaks above the statewide average. The City of Seven Oaks saw a 40.47 percent decrease, a side effect of Livingston voters repealing the city’s “dry” status. The City of Livingston received $220,888.16, a 26.48 percent increase from the $174,774.80 payment in February 2007. So far this year Livingston has received $771,824.20, an increase of 1.65 percent over the same period in 2007. Onalaska saw a 33.36 percent growth over February 2007 with a payment of $23,135.47. The year-to-date total of $87,220.11 is 17.64 percent above the same period last year. Shoppers in Corrigan helped the city collect a 19.25 percent increase for the month with $14,894.76 rebated this month.

The year-todate total of $62,984.59 is 31.29 percent over last year. Goodrich posted a 102.48 percent increase with this month’s rebate of $1,784.20. Goodrich collected $12,489.66 in February 2007. The year-to-date collections are 35.21 percent above 2007. Seven Oaks received $416.53 for February 2008, 40.47 percent drop from last year. They’re yearto- date total is $1,242,19, about 54 percent drop from last year. Polk County’s half-cent sales tax rebate amounted to $151,196.30, about 45 percent below February 2007. The year-to-date totals for the county are $511,761.22, 26 percent below the same period last year. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs this week announced state sales tax revenue in February totaled $1.79 billion, up 8.8 percent compared to February 2007. “For the fi rst half of fi scal 2008, state sales tax collections are up 7.1 percent over fi scal 2007,” Combs said. “Although growth is slower than the two previous fi scal years, increases in state sales tax revenues continue at a steady pace.”

Combs delivered $436.1 million in March sales tax payments to Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, a 9.9 percent increase compared to March 2007. So far this calendar year, local sales tax allocations are up 7.1 percent compared to the fi rst three months of 2007. State sales tax revenue for February and March payments made to local governments today primarily represent sales that occurred in January. Comptroller Combs sent March sales tax payments of $293.2 million to Texas cities, up 9.2 percent compared to March 2007. Calendar year-to-date, city sales tax allocations are running 6.8 percent higher than last year. Texas counties received sales tax payments of $26.8 million, up 10.5 percent compared to one year ago. Calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are 7.2 percent higher than last year. The 126 special purpose taxing districts around the state received $14.2 million in sales tax revenue, up 20.1 percent compared to last March. Ten local transit systems received $101.7 million, up 10.6 percent.

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