The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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November 12, 2013

County, cities get sales tax payments

Comptroller distributes $655M in monthly sales tax revenue to local governments

PALESTINE — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced recently that state sales tax revenue in October was $2.14 billion, up 5.4 percent compared to October 2012.

“Growth in sales tax revenues was led by collections from the telecommunications sector,” Combs said. “The construction sector also showed significant gains. State sales tax revenue has increased for 43 consecutive months.”

Combs sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their November local sales tax allocations totaling $654.6 million, up 7 percent compared to November 2012.

Texas cities received $431.9 million in October 2013 allocations — up 6.8 percent compared to the same month last year and up 6.3 percent this year.

Only one of Anderson County’s municipalities — the City of Frankston — showed increased allocations this month of 5.04 percent, or $826, compared to last year's November payment of $16,398. The city’s payments-to-date increased also — rising $8,536 (4.78 percent), from $178,320 in November of 2012 to $186,856 so far this year.

The City of Palestine’s payment of $537,969 dropped $18,422 (3.31 percent) compared to their 2012 November payment of $556,391. Payments-to-date decreased a slight 1.58 percent, dropping from $5,524,630 in November 2012 to $5,436,817 so far this year.

Elkhart’s net payment this November was $12,183, a decrease of $2,394 compared to the November 2012 payment of $14,577. The city’s 2013 payments-to-date rose 22.36 percent — increasing $23,391 to $127,992 so far in 2013 compared to $104,601 as of November 2012.

Texas’ 254 counties saw November allocations of $41 million — a 2.4 percent increase compared to November 2012 and a year-to-date increase of 5.6 percent.

Anderson County’s payment decreased though, with a 24.74 percent drop in its November 2013 allocation payment of $246,728 compared to the November 2012 payment of $327,850.

The county’s 2013 payments-to-date also dropped — showing a 8.5 percent decrease, with 2013 payments-to-date totaling $2,271,240 compared to the November 2012 payments-to-date of $2,482,302.

The sales tax figures represent September sales reported by monthly tax filers and July, August and September sales reported by quarterly filers.

For details of local sales tax allocations in November 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

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