The City of Robstown set a new record for sales tax allocations the city has received in a single month in February, bucking a trend of decline seen in most of Nueces County.
The City of Robstown received $465,055 in sales tax allocations from the Texas Comptroller's Office in February, a 127.01 percent increase over allocations for February 2008. In the first two months of this year, the city has received $854,371 in allocations, already more than what was received in the first four months of 2008. The previous highest single-month allocation received in the city was $450,941, received in November of last year.
The City of Corpus Christi also experienced sales tax growth this month, although at a more moderate pace. The City of Corpus Christi received $6,787,454 in allocations in February, a 10.47 percent increase over allocations for February 2008. For the year, the city has received $11,605,374 in allocations, a 7.26 percent increase over sales tax numbers for the first two months of 2008.
Other Nueces County cities were not so fortunate.
The City of Agua Dulce received $2,218 in allocations this month, down 18.1 percent from February 2008. For the year, the city has received only $3,769 in allocations, down 12 percent from the first two months of last year.
The City of Bishop received $16,830 in allocations in February, an 8.59 percent decrease from allocations for February 2008. For the year, the city has received $29,304 in allocations, a 17.42 percent decrease from numbers for January and February of 2008.
The City of Driscoll received $3,573 in allocations this month, down 7.57 percent from the $3,866 received in February 2008. For the year, the city has recorded sales tax allocations of $6,689, a 21.8 percent decrease in allocations from 2008.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said Friday the state collected $1.92 billion in sales tax revenue in January, up 3.9 percent compared to January 2008.
"Growth in state sales tax collections remains modest," Combs said, in a press release. "While overall growth has continued for the first five months of fiscal 2009, collections from important sectors such as retail trade and construction have decreased."