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August 22, 2013

County, cities receive August sales tax payments

PALESTINE — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced recently that state sales tax revenue in July was $2.2 billion, up 7.3 percent compared to July 2012.

“Texas sales tax revenue has increased for 40 consecutive months,” Combs said. “The retail trade sector bolstered the latest growth in monthly revenue, and collections from the construction and the oil and natural gas sectors continued to show strength.”

Combs sends cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their August local sales tax allocations totaling $671 million, up 6.2 percent compared to August 2012.

Texas cities received $444.3 million in August 2013 allocations — up 6.0 percent compared to the same month last year and up 6.6 percent this year.

Two of Anderson County’s three municipalities — the Cities of Frankston and Elkhart — showed increased allocations this month of 8.89 percent and 20.16 percent, respectively.

The City of Palestine’s payment of $553,715 dropped $26,510 compared to their 2012 August payment of $580,225. Payments-to-date decreased a slight 2.35 percent, dropping from $4,083,972 in August 2012 to $4,223,007 so far this year.

The City of Frankston’s August payment increased $1,608 to a total payment of $19,691 compared to last year’s August payment of  $18,083. The city’s payments-to-date increased also — rising $7,643 (5.88 percent), from $129,945 in August of 2012 to $137,588 so far this year.

Elkhart’s net payment this August was $11,058, an increase of $1,855 compared to the August 2012 payment of $9,203. The city’s 2013 payments-to-date also rose — increasing $23,754 to $97,784 so far in 2013 compared to $74,030 as of August 2012.

Texas’ more than 250 counties saw August allocations of $42.7.1 million — a 5.3 percent increase compared to August 2012 and a year-to-date increase of 7.9 percent.

Anderson County’s payment decreased though, with a 2.73 percent decrease in its August 2013 allocation payment of $225,879 compared to the August 2012 payment of $232,223.

The county’s 2013 payments-to-date also dropped — showing a 1.67 percent decrease, with 2013 payments-to-date totaling $1,616,637 compared to the August 2012 payments-to-date of $1,644,248.

The sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in June as well as April, May and June sales by businesses that report tax quarterly.

For details of local sales tax allocations in August 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.

Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com

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