The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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January 22, 2013

Local entities see strong sales tax payments in January

PALESTINE — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today that state sales tax revenue in December was $2.17 billion, up 9.4 percent compared to December 2011.

“Strong sales tax collections continue in most major economic sectors in Texas,” said Combs. “The strongest growth was from business spending-driven sectors including oil and natural gas, manufacturing and construction.”

Combs sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their January local sales tax allocations totaling $530.8 million, up 7.3 percent compared to January 2012.

Texas cities received $349.3 million in January 2013 allocations — up 7 percent compared to the same month last year and up 7 percent this year.

All of Anderson County’s three municipalities — Palestine, Frankston and Elkhart — saw increases in the January 2013 payment over the 2012 payment, with raises of 4.94 percent and 23.04 percent and 247.05, respectively.

Palestine’s payment of $466,620 rose $21,982 compared to their 2012 January payment of $444,638. Frankston’s January payment of $17,287 was $3,238 more than last year’s January payment of $14,049.

The City of Elkhart’s January payment almost tripled — increasing $19,151 to a total payment of $26,903 compared to last year’s January payment of  $7,752.

Texas’ more than 250 counties saw January allocations of $36.6 million — an 11 percent increase compared to January 2012.

Anderson County’s payment decreased, though, with a 10.63 percent decrease (or $23,037) in its January 2013 allocation payment of $193,500 compared to the January 2012 payment of $216,537.

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

For details of January 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

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