Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced recently that state sales tax revenue in May was $2.09 billion, up 7.3 percent compared to May 2011.

“This marks 26 consecutive months of sales tax growth,” Combs said. “As the recovery continues, the year-to-year rate of growth is stabilizing. Collections remain strong in the oil and natural gas-related sectors as well as other segments of the Texas economy such as the restaurant industry.”

Combs sent June local sales tax allocations totaling $514.1 million to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, up 9.7 percent compared to June 2011.

Texas cities received $337.4 million, up 8.2 percent compared to June 2011. So far this calendar year, city sales tax allocations are up 8.1 percent compared to the same time period last year.

Two of Anderson County’s three municipalities — the cities of Elkhart and Palestine — reflected an increase this month, with a rise of 29.55 percent and .14 percent, respectively. The City of Frankston showed a decreased of 6.16 percent compared to 2011 payments.

The City of Elkhart’s payment of $8,378 rose $1,912 versus last year’s June payment of $6,466. Year-to-date allocations increased $3,012 — from $53,303 in 2011 to $56,315 in sales tax allocations received so far in 2012.

The City of Palestine’s payment increased slightly, with the city’s sales tax payment of $461,091 rising $682 compared to last year’s June payment of $460,409. Year-to-date payments totaled $3,053,021 — an increase of $10,895 compared to the June 2011 payments to date of $3,042,126.

The City of Frankston’s payment went down $967 — from $15,700 to $14,733 compared to the June 2011 payment. The city’s year to date payments increased — going up $4,828 in comparison to the 2011 June year to date payment of $91,536.

Texas counties received sales tax payments of $34.3 million, up 12.8 percent compared to last June. So far this year, sales tax allocations to counties are running 13.9 percent ahead of this point in 2011.

Anderson County’s sales tax payment increased, with a June payment of $189,259 — up $15,951, or 9.2 percent over last year’s June payment of $173,308.

So far this year, the county has received $1,213,935 in sales tax payments — up $124,308 (11.40 percent) compared to the 2011 payments to date of $1,089,627.

Combs sent $25.8 million to Texas’ special purpose taxing districts, up 22.5 percent compared to last June. Local transit systems got $116.6 million in sales tax allocations, up 10.6 percent compared to a year ago.

The sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in April.

For details of local sales tax allocations in June 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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