The City of Robstown has seen record gains in sales tax allocations over the past two months, and most other Nueces County cities also saw significant gains in September, according to information released Friday by the Texas Comptroller's Office.
The City of Robstown received $410,448 in allocations in September, a 251.76 percent increase over the $116,682 received in September 2007. In the first nine months of 2008, the city has collected $2,177,055 in allocations, already exceeding the $1,960,066 collected in all of 2007. At the current rate, the city is on pace to exceed 2007 numbers by 50 percent, according to information provided by the comptroller.
City Secretary Paula Wakefield said Monday the city is monitoring those elevated sales tax numbers, but officials cannot point to one specific reason for the increase.
"Most of the citizens went out and used the economic stimulus checks, and that led to elevated revenue," Wakefield said. "We've also experienced some increase in business."
The City of Corpus Christi received $5,199,975 in allocations this month, an 11.54 percent increase over allocations for September 2007. For the year, the city has received $46,510,019 in allocations, up 5.24 percent over allocations for the first nine months of 2007.
The City of Agua Dulce received $2,326 in allocations in September, a 65.51 percent increase over allocations for September 2007. For the year, however, the city has only received $22,211 in allocations, down 23.15 percent from allocations in the first nine months of 2007.
The City of Bishop received $16,460 in allocations this month, up 44.6 percent over allocations for September 2007. For the year, the city has received $141,297 in allocations, up 14.15 percent over allocations for the same period of 2007.
The City of Driscoll received $4,552 in allocations in September, a 31.9 percent increase over last year. To date, the city has received $34,883 in allocations, up 17.93 percent over allocations through September 2007.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said Friday the state collected $2 billion in sales tax in August, up 7.7 percent compared to a year ago.
"When the state's 2008 fiscal year ended Aug. 31, sales tax collections totaled $21.5 billion, 6.6 percent higher than in fiscal 2007," Combs said, in a press release. "Although this was not the double-digit increases seen in 2006 and 2007, growth in state sales tax collections during fiscal 2008 continued at a steady pace."
Combs distributed $491.9 million in September sales tax payments to local governments, a 10 percent increase compared to September 2007. So far this calendar year, local sales tax allocations are up 6.7 percent compared to the same period in 2007.
Combs sent September sales tax allocations of $330.4 million to Texas cities, up 9.1 percent compared to September 2007. Calendar year-to-date, city sales tax revenues are running 5.8 percent higher than last year. Texas counties received September sales tax allocations of $30.9 million, up 13.3 percent compared to a year ago. Calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are 8 percent higher than last year.
The 138 special purpose taxing districts around the state received $18.5 million in sales tax revenue, an increase of 23 percent compared to a year ago. So far this calendar year, sales tax allocations to special purpose districts are up 18.2 percent compared to 2007. Ten Texas transit systems received $112 million in September sales tax payments, up 9.9 percent compared to a year ago. Year-to-date, transit sales tax revenues are up 7.4 percent.
September's sales tax allocations include local sales taxes collected in July and reported to the Comptroller in August