Sales tax rebates down

December sales down 12% or more locally
By KEN ESTEN COOKE Reporter Publisher

As expected, with fewer temporary workers in town and an economy dealing with layoffs, December’s sales were down about 12 percent, according to the State Comptroller’s office.

Rebates for Februar y, which reflect December sales, showed a drop of 12 percent in Rockdale. Year-to-date (YTD) sales show a 16 percent decline.

Rebates for Milam County show a decline of 26 percent for the year and the hospital district’s rebates were down 45 percent, after it went from a full penny to half-a-cent collections last year.

All Milam towns and most area towns, except Buckholts and Caldwell, showed declines in year-todate totals (see chart).

Milam and the three neighboring counties that collect sales tax were down between 2 and 30 percent. (Robertson and Williamson counties do not collect a sales tax.)

Development District

Rockdale Municipal Development District, created last year by voters, should see its first rebate check next month. A petition is being circulated in Rockdale that may add more funds for that entity’s efforts.

Statewide

Rockdale’s numbers were only slightly worse than statewide avarages, as the comptroller reported a 14 percent decrease in January collections.

Rebates were down 7 percent compared to Feb. 2009 rebates.

“Collections continue to be down in major industry sectors like retail trade, oil and natural gas production, construction and manufacturing,” Susan Combs, comptroller, said.


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