Rebates up over last November

Rockdale check still down 10 percent for year

AUSTIN—Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced last week that state sales revenue in October was $1.87 billion, up 15.9 percent compared to October 2010.

Combs sent out November sales tax allocations totaling $580.1 million to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, up 7.1 percent compared to the same time last year, according to the Comptroller’s office.

Tax rebate checks are up compared to November 2010 for Rockdale and Milam County. However, for the year sales revenues are down.

Rockdale’s rebate check for November 2011 was $ 68,839, compared to $68,316 for November 2010. The city is down 10.7 percent for the year, receiving $579,643 in 2011 thus far.

Milam Count y ’s check for November was $100,784, way up from $ 82,368 a year ago. However, the county’s total of $927,666 for the year is still down 1.5 percent.

The sales tax figures represent September sales reported by monthly tax filers and July, August and September sales reported by quarterly filers.

STATEWIDE—“Strong growth in business sectors such as the oil and gas industry boosted sales tax revenue for yet another month,” Combs said. “State sales tax revenue has now increased for 19 consecutive months. Sales tax also grew in the manufacturing industry, as well as consumer sectors such as the restaurant industry and retail trade.”

Texas cities received $388.4 million, up 5.7 percent compared to November 2010. So far this calendar year, city sales tax allocations are up 7.1 percent compared to the same time period last year.

So far this year, sales tax allocations to counties are running 9.9 percent ahead of this point in 2010, with $35.5 million going out to them in November.

Combs also sent $26 million to special purpose taxing districts, up 13.4 percent compared to November a year ago. Transit systems in the state received a total of $130.2 million in sales tax allocations for November, up 8.5 for the year.

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