The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

June 18, 2013

June sales tax payments for county, cities increase

By MARY RAINWATER
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs recently reported that state sales tax revenue in May was $2.26 billion, up 7.9 percent compared to May 2012.

“Growth in state sales tax revenue was led by collections from the information services and construction sectors,” Combs said. “Restaurants also showed notable growth, while oil and natural gas-related activity remains a major source of strength.”

Combs sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their June local sales tax allocations totaling $556.8 million, up 8.3 percent compared to June 2012.

Texas cities received $365.3 million in June 2013 allocations — up 8.3 percent compared to the same month last year and up 6.6 percent this year.

All three of Anderson County’s municipalities — the Cities of Palestine, Frankston and  Elkhart — showed increased allocations this month of 1.94 percent, 6.33 percent and 3.54 percent, respectively.

The City of Palestine’s payment of $470,039 rose $8.948 compared to their 2012 June payment of $461,091. Payments-to-date decreased a slight 1.59 percent, dropping from $3,053,021 in June 2012 to $3,004,216 so far this year.

The City of Frankston’s June payment increased $933 to a total payment of $15,666 compared to last year’s June payment of  $14,733. The city’s payments-to-date increased also — rising $4,481 (4.65 percent), from $96,364 in June of 2012 to $100,845 so far this year.

Elkhart’s net payment this June was $8,675, an increase of $297 compared to the June 2012 payment of $8,378. The city’s 2013 payments-to-date also rose — increasing $21,002 to $77,317 so far in 2013 compared to $56,315 as of June 2012.

Texas’ more than 250 counties saw May allocations of $37.1 million — an 8.3 percent increase compared to June 2012 and a year-to-date increase of 8.3 percent.

Anderson County’s payment increased as well, with a 1.87 percent increase in its June 2013 allocation payment of $192,815 compared to the June 2012 payment of $189,259.

The county’s 2013 payments-to-date showed a slight 0.43 percent decrease, with 2013 payments-to-date totaling $1,208,693 compared to the June 2012 payments-to-date of $1,213,935.

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 Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.

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