2009 tax rebates fall 2%

Slowdown in retail sales not as bad as feared locally
By KEN ESTEN COOKE Reporter Publisher

Rockdale’s 2009 sales tax rebates followed a record year, but fell by only two percent, the Texas Comptroller’s Office reported.

2010 may be a more telling year locally as more workers’ SUB (Supplemental Union Benefit) pay runs out. A further slowing locally could also mirror the state and national economies, which struggled throughout 2009.

Rockdale’s 2009 total was down only two percent from 2008, but Milam County rebates were down almost 19 percent.

Rockdale Hospital District showed a 22-percent decline, due mostly to annexed city area being taken from its collection rolls.

Cameron, Thorndale and Milano stayed mostly even in year-over-year totals.

Statewide

Statewide, Texas had a 5.1- percent drop in 2009 rebates compared to 2008.

The table at r ight shows December rebates and year-todate rebates, compared to the previous year, for area taxing entities.

Sales tax rebates are one measure of local economies.

Taxing entities receive rebates of their local sales tax through the state comptroller’s office.

Sales tax rebates for December are generally from sales that ocurred in October.

STEADY GROWTH
Rockdale sales tax receipts
2009 $743,771
2008 759,085
2007 646,263
2006 605,934
2005 563,084
2004 512,794
2003 506,084
2002 474,214
2001 488,013
2000 460,869
1999 430,629


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