Sales tax revenues unstable for many local municipalities

June 26, 2013

by carla noah stutsman
The Texas Comptroller’s office will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their June local sales tax allocations totaling $556.8 million, up 8.3 percent compared to June 2012.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said state sales tax revenue in May was $2.26 billion, up 7.9 percent compared to May 2012.
“Growth in state sales tax revenue was led by collections from the information services and construction sectors,” Combs said. “Restaurants also showed notable growth, while oil and natural gas-related activity remains a major source of strength.”
The June sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in April.
At the local level, sales tax revenues are all over the place – Azle is the exception, down just 0.24 percent from June 2012’s check of $157,705 to $157,318. For the year, the city has collected $1,046,943, up 2.05 percent from $1,025,962 in 2012.
Likewise, the Azle Crime Control and Prevention District was 0.39 percent down in June, receiving $30,036 compared with $30,156 in June 2012. The district remains up 2.75 percent on the year, however, with revenues for the first six months totaling $195,510 compared with $190,270 this time in 2012.
Springtown, on the other hand, will recognize revenues for June of $77,341 – almost 40 percent more than its June 2012 revenue of $55,396. Even so, year-to-date revenues for 2013 total $446,319, still down 0.12 percent compared with June 2012 revenues of $446,885.
The city of Reno saw an increase of almost 50 percent in June with a check for $8,927 compared with $5,955 in June 2012. Year-to-date, the city has received $41,482 compared with $37,721 for the first six months of 2012. That’s an increase just shy of 10 percent.
Sanctuary may be the most difficult to analyze. Its June check will be $1,309. Compared with its June 2012 check of $536, that’s an overwhelming 144.24 percent increase. Yet, the tiny town remains down 2.12 percent in its total revenue year-to-date. So far in 2013, it has received $6,729 compared with $6,875 for the same period in 2012.
In the town of Lakeside, June revenues are down 3.54 percent to $4,548 compared with June 2012 revenues of $4,715. Annualized totals are down 12.40 percent as well – from $42,417 in the first six months of 2012 to $37,156 for the first half of 2013.
Pelican Bay is yet another baffling situation. June revenues of $1,563 are up 2.61 percent from $1,523 in June 2012. However, year-to-date revenues are $9,323 – down 23.89 percent from the first half of 2012, when it had collected $12,249.
Parker County will receive a June check for $522,726, 6.75 percent less than its June 2012 check of $560,623. The county’s revenues for the first half of 2013 are down 4.35 percent when compared with the first half of 2012 – from $3,416,146 in 2012 to $3,267,299 this year.
In all, Combs sent out 1,147 payments totaling $365,341,108.
For details of June sales tax allocations to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports on the Comptroller’s Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.

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