The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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May 15, 2013

County, cities receive May sales tax allocations

PALESTINE — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs recently reported that state sales tax revenue in April was $2.15 billion, up 3.9 percent compared to April 2012.

“Sales tax collections were up in a range of sectors from construction and manufacturing to restaurants,” Combs said. “As expected, the rate of growth in state sales tax revenue is moderating compared to double-digit growth rates we recently experienced.”

Combs sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their May local sales tax allocations totaling $668.5 million, up 5.6 percent compared to May 2012.

Texas cities received $441.8 million in May 2013 allocations — up 4.9 percent compared to the same month last year and up 6.3 percent this year.

Only one of Anderson County’s three municipalities — the City of Elkhart — showed an increased allocation this month, receiving a $1,082 (10.09 percent) increase in their May 2013 payment of $11,793 over the 2012 payment of $10,711.

Elkhart’s 2013 payments-to-date also rose — increasing $20,706 to $68,642 so far in 2013 compared to $47,936 as of May 2012.

The City of Palestine’s payment of $615,285 dropped a slight $952 compared to their 2012 May payment of $616,237. Payments-to-date decreased 2.22 percent, dropping from $2,591,930 in May 2012 to $2,534,177 so far this year.

The City of Frankston’s May payment dropped 15.26 percent — decreasing $3,175 to a total payment of $17,628 compared to last year’s May payment of  $20,803. The city’s payments-to-date increased though — rising $3,549 (4.34 percent), from $81,630 in May of 2012 to $85,179 so far this year.

Texas’ more than 250 counties saw May allocations of $42.5 million — a 3.6 percent increase compared to May 2012 and a year to date increase of 8.3 percent.

Anderson County’s payment increased as well, with a 7.64 percent increase in its May 2013 allocation payment of $227,868 compared to the May 2012 payment of $211,676.

The county’s 2013 payments-to-date showed a slight 0.85 percent decrease, with 2013 payments-to-date totaling $1,015,878 compared to the May 2012 payments-to-date of $1,024,675.

The sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in March as well as January, February and March sales by businesses that report tax quarterly.

For details of May 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.

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

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