The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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March 27, 2014

County, cities get March sales tax payments

Comptroller distributes $553M to local governments

PALESTINE — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said recently that state sales tax revenue in February was $2.2 billion, up 5.8 percent compared to February 2013.

“Sales tax revenue continues its growth streak and has now increased for 47 consecutive months,” Combs said. “Growth in tax collections was seen across all major economic sectors including oil and gas, wholesale trade and the services sector.”

Combs sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their March local sales tax allocations totaling $553 million, up 4.1 percent compared to March 2013.

Two of Anderson County’s three municipalities — the cities of Palestine and Elkhart — showed increased allocations this month of 2.1 percent and 53.53 percent, respectively, with payments-to-date decreasing 2.79 and 34.69 percent, respectively.

The City of Palestine’s payment of $395,515 rose $8,141 compared to its 2013 March payment of $387,374. Payments-to-date decreased $41,115, from $1,469,383 in March 2013 to $1,428,268 so far this year.

Elkhart's March payment totaled $11,604, up $4,046 compared to its March 2013 allotment of $7,558. The March 2014 payment-to-date of $31,847 dropped $16,923 from last year's total of $48,770.

The City of Frankston's March payment decreased — going down $1,763 from $15,467 to $13,704 compared to last year's March payment. The payments-to-date dropped $2,088 (or 4.08 percent) — from $51,162 to $49,074 compared to March of 2013.

Texas’ 254 counties saw March allocations of $35.8 million — a 5 percent increase compared to March 2013 and a year-to-date increase of 1.6 percent.

Anderson County’s payment decreased, though, with a 10 percent drop in its March 2014 allocation payment of $176,863 compared to the 2013 payment of $196,526.

The county’s 2014 payments-to-date increased — showing a 1.87 percent increase, with 2014 payments-to-date totaling $618,670 compared to the March 2013 payments-to-date of $607,304.

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

For details of March 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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