September sales tax rebates down for most

Local refund from state down almost 18% for month, but only 1.6% for the year

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.

SALES TAX REBATE AMOUNTS
Taxing entity SEPT 2009 SEPT 2008 Change YTD 2009 YTD 2008 Change
Rockdale $50,577 $61,636 -17.9 $572,836 $582,609 -1.6
Cameron 49,210 53,774 -8.4 541,434 514,163 5.3
Thorndale 6,870 6,965 -1.3 77,444 71,621 8.1
Milano 4,521 4,031 12.1 47,135 52,069 -9.4
Buckholts 763 725 5.2 8,218 9,138 -10.0
Lexington 12,753 14,429 -11.6 122,390 119,615 2.3
Giddings 100,759 125,039 -19.4 965,6309 1,016,395 -4.9
Caldwell 76,589 94,091 -18.6 856,393 876,126 -2.2
Hearne 45,484 96,227 -52.7 585,725 696,896 -15.9
Taylor 211,512 271,359 -22.0 2,258,518 3,113,000 -27.4
Thrall 1,910 1,972 -3.1 21,157 19,007 11.3
Hospital Dist. 14,964 29,363 -49.0 222,590 271,919 -18.1
Milam 113,390 120,078 -5.5 952,541 1,167,610 -18.4
Burleson 47,426 70,669 -32.8 528,441 568,675 -7.0
Falls 26,110 28,987 -9.9 250,019 260,423 -3.9
Lee 62,786 95,018 -33.9 644,282 644,587 -0.04


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