The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

April 26, 2013

Local entities receive April sales tax allocations

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs recently reported that state sales tax revenue in March was $1.98 billion, up 5.5 percent compared to March 2012.

“Sales tax revenue growth was seen in both the business and consumer sectors of the economy,” Combs said. “Collections grew in sectors such as manufacturing and retail trade. Sales tax revenue has now increased for 36 consecutive months.”

Combs sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their April local sales tax allocations totaling $521.9 million, up 6.8 percent compared to April 2012.

Texas cities received $343.1 million in April 2013 allocations — up 6.6 percent compared to the same month last year and up 6.7 percent this year.

Only one of Anderson County’s three municipalities — the City of Frankston — showed an increased allocation this month, receiving a $2,453 (17.60 percent) increase in their April 2013 payment of $16,387 over the 2012 payment of $13,934.

Frankston’s 2013 payments-to-date also rose — increasing $6,723 to $67,550 so far in 2013 compared to $60,827 as of April 2012.

Palestine’s payment of $449,507 dropped $3,987 compared to their 2012 April payment of $453,494. Payments-to-date decreased 2.87 percent, dropping from $1,975,652 in April 2012 to $1,918,891 so far this year.

The City of Elkhart’s April payment dropped a slight 3.05 percent — decreasing $254 to a total payment of $8,078 compared to last year’s April payment of  $8,332. The city’s payments-to-date increased though — rising $19,623 (52.71 percent), from $37,225 in April of 2012 to $56,848 so far this year.

Texas’ more than 250 counties saw April allocations of $35.2 million — an 7.5 percent increase compared to April 2012 and a year to date increase of 9.7 percent.

Anderson County’s payment increased as well, with a 1.24 percent increase (or $2,221) in its April 2013 allocation payment of $180,704 compared to the April 2012 payment of $178,483.

The county’s 2013 payments-to-date showed a slight 3.07 percent decrease, with 2013 payments-to-date totaling $788,009 compared to the April 2012 payments-to-date of $812,998.

The sales tax figures represent February sales reported by monthly tax filers.

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