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June 19, 2014

County, cities get June sales tax allocations

PALESTINE —

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs recently reported that state sales tax revenue in May was $2.45 billion, up 8.5 percent compared to May 2013.

“Sales tax growth was evident across all major economic sectors,” Combs said. “The growth was led by the retail and wholesale trade sectors, the oil and natural gas mining sector, and the services sector. This marks the 50th consecutive month of increased state sales tax revenues, and brings the fiscal year-to-date growth to 5.4 percent.”

Combs sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their June local sales tax allocations totaling $621.5 million, up 11.6 percent compared to June 2013.

One of Anderson County's three municipalities — the city of Elkhart — showed an increased sales tax payment allocation this month of 8.39 percent, while its payments-to-date decreased 18.29 percent.

Elkhart's payment of $9,403 rose $728 compared to its June 2013 payment of $8,675. Payments-to-date decreased $14,146, from $77,317 in June 2013 to $63,171 so far this year.

The city of Palestine’s payment of $450,397 dropped $19,642 compared to its 2013 June payment of $470,039. Payments-to-date decreased $89,075, from $3,004,216 in June 2013 to $2,915,141 so far this year.

Frankston's June payment totaled $12,538, down just $3,128 compared to its June 2013 allotment of $15,666. The June 2014 payment-to-date of $93,690 dropped $7,155 from last year's total of $100,845.

Texas’ 254 counties saw June allocations of $40.7 million — a 9.8 percent increase compared to June 2013 and a year-to-date increase of 3.8 percent.

Anderson County’s payment also increased, with a 3.68 percent increase in its June 2014 allocation payment of $199,926 compared to the 2013 payment of $192,815.

The county’s 2014 payments-to-date increased as well — showing a 2.99 percent increase, with 2014 payments-to-date totaling $1,244,898 compared to the June 2013 payments-to-date of $1,208,693.

The sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in April.

For details of June sales tax allocations to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports on the Comptroller’s website at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.

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