The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

December 26, 2013

County, cities receive December sales tax allocations

Comptroller distributes $580M in monthly sales tax revenue

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said recently that state sales tax revenue in November was $2.41 billion, up 2.8 percent compared to November 2012.

“State sales tax revenue continues to grow at a moderate pace as expected,” Combs said. “Sales tax collections have increased for 44 consecutive months. Revenue from sectors such as wholesale trade, services industries and restaurants contributed to the most recent increase.”

Combs sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their December local sales tax allocations totaling $579.6 million, up 5 percent compared to December 2012.

Texas cities received $377.1 million in December 2013 allocations — up 4.5 percent compared to the same month last year and up 6.1 percent this year.

Two of Anderson County’s three municipalities — the cities of Elkhart and Frankston — showed increased allocations this month of 25.83 percent and 19.19 percent, respectively, with payments-to-date increasing 22.59 and 5.80 percent, respectively.

Elkhart's December payment totaled $9,580, up $1,967 compared to its December 2012 allotment of $7,613. The December 2013 payment-to-date of $137,573 rose $25,358 from last year's total of $112.215.

The City of Frankston's December payment also increased — going up $2,613 from $13,630 to $16,246 compared to last year's December payment. The payments-to-date increased $11,152 — from $191,950 to $203,102 compared to December of 2012.

The City of Palestine’s payment of $445,401 dropped $1,750 (.039 percent) compared to its 2012 December payment of $447,151. Payments-to-date decreased a slight 1.49 percent, dropping from $5,971,781 in December 2012 to $5,888,219 so far this year.

Texas’ 254 counties saw December allocations of $38.2 million — a 2.6 percent increase compared to December 2012 and a year-to-date increase of 5.4 percent.

Anderson County’s payment decreased though, with a 5.42 percent drop in its December 2013 allocation payment of $187,416 compared to the 2012 payment of $198,162.

The county’s 2013 payments-to-date also dropped — showing a 8.27 percent decrease, with 2013 payments-to-date totaling $2,458,657compared to the December 2012 payments-to-date of $2,680,464.

The sales tax figures represent October sales reported by monthly tax filers.

For details of local sales tax allocations in November to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports on the Comptroller’s Web site at