By MARY RAINWATER
PALESTINE — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said recently that state sales tax revenue in January was $2.3 billion, up 8.3 percent compared to January 2013.
“Increases were seen across all major sectors of the Texas economy,” Combs said. “This indicates continued expansion in both consumer and business spending, and brings the growth in fiscal year-to-date collections to 4.6 percent compared with the previous year. Sales tax revenue has increased for 46 consecutive months.”
Combs sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their February local sales tax allocations totaling $802.1 million, up 8.2 percent compared to February 2013.
Texas cities received $526 million in February 2014 allocations — up 8 percent compared to the same month last year and up 7.8 percent this year.
Two of Anderson County’s three municipalities — the cities of Palestine and Frankston — showed increased allocations this month of 1 percent and 21.95 percent, respectively, with payments-to-date decreasing 4.55 and .91 percent, respectively.
The City of Palestine’s payment of $621,568 rose $6,179 compared to its 2013 February payment of $615,389. Payments-to-date decreased 4.55 percent, dropping from $1,082,009 in February 2013 to $1,032,752 so far this year.
The City of Frankston's February payment also increased — going up $4,041 from $18,408 to $22,449 compared to last year's February payment. The payments-to-date dropped a slight $325 — from $35,695 to $35,370 compared to February of 2013.
Elkhart's February payment totaled $12,024, down $2,283 compared to its February 2013 allotment of $14,307. The February 2014 payment-to-date of $20,242 dropped $20,969 from last year's total of $41,211.
Texas’ 254 counties saw February allocations of $49.3 million — a .8 percent increase compared to February 2013 and a year-to-date increase of .3 percent.
Anderson County’s payment reflected that increase, with an 18.33 percent rise in its February 2014 allocation payment of $257,105 compared to the 2013 payment of $217,277.
The county’s 2014 payments-to-date also increased — showing a 7.55 percent increase, with 2014 payments-to-date totaling $441,806 compared to the February 2013 payments-to-date of $410,778.
The sales tax figures represent December sales reported by monthly tax filers as well as October, November, and December sales by businesses that report tax quarterly.
For details of February 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 Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.