The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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November 29, 2012

Cities, county receive November sales tax allocations

PALESTINE — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today that state sales tax revenue in October was $2.03 billion, up 8.2 percent compared to October 2011.

“The state’s growth in sales tax revenue continued to be led by collections from the oil and natural gas-related sectors,” said Combs. “We also saw strong consumer spending drive gains in retail trade and the restaurant sector as well.”

Combs sent November local sales tax allocations totaling $611.5 million to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, up 5.4 percent compared to November 2011.

Texas cities received $404.4 million in November 2012 allocations — up 4.1 percent compared to the same month last year and up 7.7. percent this year.

Two of Anderson County’s three municipalities — Palestine and Frankston — saw decreases in the November 2012 payment over the 2011 payment, with drops of 7.16 percent and 8.88 percent, respectively.

Palestine’s payment of $556,367 dropped $42,941 compared to their 2001 November payment. The city’s payments to-date for 2012 total 5,524,631 — a slight drop of $51,793 (.92 percent) compared to last year’s payment to-date of 5,576,424.

Frankston’s November payment totaled $16,398 — $1,600 less than last year’s November payment. Their 2012 payments to-date increased, though — from $174,133 at this time in 2011 to $178,320 so far this year.

The City of Elkhart saw an 18 percent increase in its November payment — rising $2,242 to $14,577, compared to last November’s $12,335 payment. Their payments to-date increased 6.47 percent — from $98,240 in 2011 to $101,601 so far this year.

Texas’ more than 250 counties saw November allocations of $40.1 million — a 12.9 percent increase compared to November 2011 and a 14.3 percent increase compared to year-to-date figures in 2011.

Anderson County’s payment surpassed the state percentage, with a 43.89 percent increase (or $100,010) in its November 2012 allocation payment of $327,850 compared to the November 2011 payment of $227,840.

The county’s 2012 year-to-date payment of $2,482,302 rose 21.52 percent (or $439,682) compared to the November 2011 payments to-date of $2,042,620.

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

For details of November sales tax allocations, 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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