September sales tax rebates down for most
Sales tax rebates for most local taxing entities were down for the month of September, the Texas Comptroller's office reported.
City of Rockdale's rebate declined 17.9 percent from a year ago, a drop due in large part to the absence of temporary workers who were in town constructing Luminant's Sandow 5 power plant. Other factors include Alcoa layoffs and lingering effects from a national recession.
Most area towns also showed decrea ses in mont h- over-mont h totals.
Milam County was down 5.5 percent for the month and showed an 18-percent decrease in year-to-date totals.
Rockdale Hospital District was down almost 50 percent, due to the state changing the way it reimbursed the entity to not include annexed areas of the city. RHD is also down 18 percent in year-to-date totals.
City and county numbers mirrored the state, which collected 12.5 percent less in sales taxes than it did in August 2008. Sales tax allocations to taxing entities averaged a 12.9 percent decline statewide.
State and local sales tax figures represent sales that occurred in July and were collected in August.
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