Rockdale rebates down for month, year

MDD allocation amount also drops compared to same time last year

AUSTIN—Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said that state sales tax revenue in January was $2.12 billion, up 6.1 percent compared to January 2012.

Combs sent out $741 million in January local sales tax allocations last week to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts. That is up 4.6 percent compared to the same time in 2012.

The tax rebate check for Milam County was up compared to the same time a year ago, whereas the City of Rockdale and the Rockdale Municipal Develop- ment District (MDD) saw smaller checks than in February 2012.

Milam County’s check was $157,849, up 30.7 percent from $120,686 a year ago. Totals are also up 32.7 percent for the year.

Rockdale’s check this month was $67,419 compared to $83,918 for February 2012, down 19.5 percent. Totals are also down 10.8 percent for the year.

The MDD received $31,964 for the month, down 16.2 percent from a year ago’s $38,182. Totals are also down 8.9 percent for the year.

Those were the only two area entities to see a decrease in their totals compared with January 2012.

The sales tax figures represent December sales reported by monthly tax filers as well as sales by businesses that report tax on a quarterly or annual basis.

STATEWIDE—“Growth in sales tax receipts was led by the construction, retail trade and restaurant sectors,” Combs said. “Receipts from oil and natural gas-related activity also continue to be strong. State sales tax revenue has now increased for 34 consecutive months.”

Texas cities received $486.9 million in tax allocations, up 3.6 percent compared to February 2012.

Allocations to counties are running 10.9 percent ahead of this point in 2012, with $48.9 million going out to them in February.

Combs also sent $37.5 million to special purpose taxing districts, up 12.0 percent compared to February 2012.

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