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Sales tax refunds decline in Apr for two of five Polk County cities
Polk County Enterprise - May 2008
LIVINGSTON – Sales tax revenue to Polk County and two of the five local cities that levy sales taxes has declined, according to April figures released by the state comptroller’s office. Polk County received $129,476 last month, 28.35 percent less than the $180,728 received in April of last year. Through the first four months of 2008, the county has received $641,237, down 26.37 percent from the $870,931 received through the same date last year. Polk County levies a half-cent sales tax.

The cities of Livingston, Onalaska and Corrigan levy a 1.5 percent tax and Goodrich and Seven Oaks each levy a 1 percent tax. The City of Livingston received $199,196 in April, 11.15 percent less than the $224,218 received during the same month last year. The April payment brings sales tax revenue received by Livingston in 2008 to $971,020, 1.26 percent less than the $983,455 received through the first four months of 2007.

The City of Onalaska’s April rebate of $23,681 is an increase over last year’s figure. Last month, Onalaska received $23,681, 38.81 percent more than the $17,059 received during the same month last year. Payments to date for 2008 are up 21.60 percent, with $110,901 received during the first four months of this year compared to $91,195 during the same period last year. Corrigan’s April rebate of $21,943 is 82.15 percent more than the $12,046 received in April of last year. Payments to date for 2008 total $84,927, 41.50 percent more than the $60,018 received through the same date last year.

Goodrich received $3,308 last month, 86.77 percent more than the $1,771 received during the same month last year. Payments to date are 46.22 percent higher, with $12,135 received through the first four months of 2008, compared to $8,299 at this time last year. Seven Oaks received $431 in April, 36.20 percent less than the $675 received during the same month last year. Payments to date for 2008 total $1,673, 50.14 percent less than the $3,356 received through the first four months of 2006. April payments made to local governments and March state sales tax revenue represent sales that occurred in February. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said the state received $1.6 billion in sales tax revenue in March, up 7.4 percent compared to March 2007.

“Since the beginning of the fiscal year in September 2007, state sales tax collections have increased 7.2 percent compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year,” Combs said. “Although the national economy is slowing, here in Texas, growth in sales tax collections remains consistent.” Combs sent $419 million in April sales tax allocations to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, a 3.7 percent increase compared to April 2007. So far this calendar year, sales tax allocations to local governments are up 6.4 percent. Combs sent April sales tax allocations of $281 million to Texas cities, up 3.2 percent compared to April 2007.

Calendar year-todate, city sales tax allocations are running 6 percent higher than last year. Texas counties received sales tax payments of $25.9 million, up 4.4 percent compared to one year ago. Calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are 6.5 percent higher than last year. In addition, $14.2 million went to 126 special purpose taxing districts around the state, up 13.1 percent compared to last April. Ten local transit systems received $97.8 million in sales tax rebates, up 3.9 percent compared to a year ago.

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