Rockdale still in decline for year

Milam County check 6% less than 2010

AUSTIN—Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced last week the state’s sales revenue in March was $1.60 billion, up 9.9 percent compared to March 2010.

The City of Rockdale and Milam County, along with the city of Cameron are down in rebate money compared to the amounts received in April 2010. Other cities in the county were up in amounts received compared to a year ago.

Rockdale’s rebate check for April 2011 was down 18 percent compared to their check in the same time last year. Rockdale received $42,580 this month, while the check for April 2010 was 51,973.

The city is down just over 12.5 percent for the year.

Milam County’s check was $78,170 for April, down 6.8 percent compared to the same time in 2010. The county’s check was $83,930 in April 2010.

March state sales tax revenue and April payments made to local governments represent sales that occurred in February.

STATEWIDE–“State sales tax revenue has now increased for 12 straight months,” Combs said. “Strong consumer and business spending helped increase revenue in large sectors of the economy such as retail, manufacturing and the oil and gas industry.”

Cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts will received $417.6 million in April sales tax allocations, a six percent increase compared to April 2010. So far in 2011, monthly sales tax allocations to local governments are up 7.5 percent compared to a year ago.

Combs sent out April sales tax allocations of $279.4 million to Texas cities, up 5.2 percent compared to April 2010.

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