Rockdale rebate check up for Jan.

State tax revenue up for 21 consecutive months

AUSTIN—Texas Comptroller SusanCombssentout $495 million in January sales tax allocations last week to cities, counties, transit systems a nd specia l pur pose tasking districts. That is up 9.1 percent compared to January 2011.

Combs said that state sales tax revenue in December was $1.98 billion, up 9.5 percent compared to December 2010. State sales tax revenue has now increased for 21 consecutive months, according to the Comptroller’s office.

Tax rebate checks for Rockdale, the Rockdale Municipal Development Dist r ic t and Milam Count y are all up by double figure percentages compared to January 2011.

Rockdale’s rebate check for January 2012 was $ 52,222, compared to $46,741 for January 2011, up 11.7 percent. The amounts are same for the year.

Rockdale’s Municipal Development District received $25,316 for Januar y, up 17.4 percent from a year ago.

Milam C ount y ’s check for January was $ 96,276, up 31.5 percent from $ 73,253 a year ago.

The sales tax figures rep- resent sales that occurred in November 2011.

STAT EWIDE—“ Sa les ta x revenue continues to grow in almost all major economic categories and revenue has now increased for 21 consecutive months,” Combs said. “ Sales taxes from retail trade and restaurant activity continue to improve, with tax revenue from the oil and natural gas sector also providing a lift to overall collections.”

Texas cities received $ 328 million, up 8.3 percent compared to January 2011.

Sales tax allocations to counties are running 15.3 percent ahead of this point in 2011, with $33 million going out to them in January.

Combs also sent $24 million to special purpose taxing districts, up 25.1 percent compared to January a year ago. Transit systems in the state received a total of $110.2 million in sales tax allocations for January, up 6.9 for the year.

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