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Local sales tax up
San Jacinto News- Times - March 2009
COLDSPRING -- Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today announced state sales tax revenue in February totaled $1.74 billion, down 2.6 percent compared to February 2008. “State sales tax collections declined in February as important sectors such as retail trade and construction continue to struggle,” Combs said. “While state sales tax revenue has grown 2.8 percent through the fi rst half of fi scal 2009, further declines are expected as the economy continues to weaken.” Combs delivered $433.4 million in March sales tax payments to Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts. Local sales tax allocations are down 0.6 percent compared to March 2008. So far this calendar year, local sales tax allocations remain up 2.2 percent compared to the fi rst three months of 2008. San Jacinto County received $26,655.64 as its share of payments this period, a 25.34 percent increase from the $21,265.24 received during the same period in 2008. The county has received $93,732.43 in payments to date in 2009, up 30.50 percent from 2008 payments to date The City of Coldspring received $13,259.28 as its share of sales tax payments for this period, a 30.90 percent increase from $10,129.07 received during the same period in 2008. Coldspring has received $52,343.08 in 2009 payments to date, up 32.41 percent. The City of Shepherd received $17,560.37 for this period, up 27.03 percent received in 2008. Shepherd has received $51,623.75 in 2009 payments to date, up 4.94 percent from 2008 payments to date. The City of Point Blank received $1,139.11 this period, down 12.76 percent from the same period in 2008. Point Blank’s 2009 payments to date total $4,004.60, a 15.43 percent increase from 2008 payments to date. State sales tax revenue for February and March payments made to local governments represent sales that occurred in January. Combs sent March sales tax payments of $291.1 million to Texas cities, down 0.7 percent compared to March 2008. Since Jan. 1, city sales tax allocations are 1.5 percent higher than the same period last year. Texas counties received sales tax payments of $27.5 million, up 2.5 percent compared to one year ago. Calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are 7.2 percent higher than last year. The 150 special purpose taxing districts around the state received $17.3 million in sales tax revenue, up 21.6 percent compared to last March. Ten local transit systems received $97.4 million, down 4.3 percent.