The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

September 27, 2013

State, local sales tax revenues continue to rise

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced recently that state sales tax revenue in August was $2.39 billion, up 2.1 percent compared to August 2012.

“The latest monthly gains were led by sectors such as construction and the restaurant industry,” Combs said. “For the recently ended fiscal year, state sales tax revenue totaled $25.8 billion, an increase of 7.2 percent from fiscal 2012. Both business and consumer spending contributed to the gains for the year.”

Combs sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their September local sales tax allocations totaling $575 million, up 2.8 percent compared to September 2012.

Texas cities received $379.2 million in September 2013 allocations — up 3.5 percent compared to the same month last year and up 6.3 percent this year.

All three of Anderson County’s municipalities — the Cities of Palestine, Frankston and Elkhart — showed increased allocations this month of .25 percent, 10.44 percent and 13.79 percent, respectively.

The City of Palestine’s payment of $438,593 dropped $1,119 compared to their 2012 September payment of $437,474. Payments-to-date decreased a slight 2.10 percent, dropping from $4,521,447 in September 2012 to $4,426,228 so far this year.

The City of Frankston’s September payment increased $1,609 to a total payment of $17,017 compared to last year’s September payment of  $15,408. The city’s payments-to-date increased also — rising $9,252 (6.36 percent), from $145,353 in September of 2012 to $154,605 so far this year.

Elkhart’s net payment this September was $8,957, an increase of $1,086 compared to the September 2012 payment of $7,871. The city’s 2013 payments-to-date also rose — increasing $25,650 to $106,741 so far in 2013 compared to $81,901 as of September 2012.

Texas’ more than 250 counties saw September allocations of $36.6 million — a 3.1 percent increase compared to September 2012 and a year-to-date increase of 6.6 percent.

Anderson County’s payment decreased though, with a 16.27 percent decrease in its September 2013 allocation payment of $202,468 compared to the September 2012 payment of $241,814.

The county’s 2013 payments-to-date also dropped — showing a 3.55 percent decrease, with 2013 payments-to-date totaling $1,819,105 compared to the September 2012 payments-to-date of $1,866,063.

The sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in July.

For details of local sales tax allocations in September 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