Defying a statewide trend of decline, the City or Robstown continued to post record sales tax numbers in the month of April, according to information released Friday by the Texas Comptroller's Office.

The City of Robstown received $178,176 in allocations this month, up 10.47 percent over allocations for April 2008. For the year, the city has received $1,251,983 in allocations, an increase of 77.13 percent over allocations for the first four months of 2008.

The City of Corpus Christi also recorded a modest gain. The City of Corpus Christi received $4,628,345 in allocations in April, an increase of 3.6 percent over allocations for April 2008. For the year, the city has received $20,639,483 in allocations, a gain of 4.61 percent over allocations for the same period of 2008.

The City of Agua Dulce received $1,625 in allocations this month, down 26.45 percent from allocations for April 2008. For the year, the city has only received $7,915 in allocations, down 19.56 percent from allocations for the first four months of 2008.

The City of Bishop received $14,086 in allocations in April, a 4.98 percent increase over allocations for April 2008. For the year, however, the city has only received $57,085, down 8.88 percent from allocations for the same period of 2008.

The City of Driscoll received $3,346 in allocations in April, up 3.01 percent over allocations for April 2008. For the year, the city has received $13,262 in allocations, a decrease of 10.6 percent from allocations for the first four months of 2008.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said Friday the state received $1.58 billion in sales tax revenue in March, down 3.8 percent compared to March 2008.

"Continued weakness in many important sectors, such as retail trade, mining and construction, resulted in a significant decrease in March sales tax collections," Combs said, in a press release. "While year to date sales tax revenue is up 1.9 percent for fiscal 2009, further declines are expected this year."

Cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts will receive $409.9 million in April sales tax allocations, a 2.2 percent decrease compared to April 2008. So far in 2009, monthly sales tax allocations to local governments remain up by 1.2 percent.

Comptroller Combs will send April sales tax allocations of $275.7 million to Texas cities, down 1.9 percent compared to April 2008. Calendar year-to-date, city sales tax allocations are running 0.8 percent higher than last year. Texas counties will receive sales tax payments of $26 million, up 0.4 percent compared to one year ago. Calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are 5.7 percent higher than last year.

March state sales tax revenue and April payments made to local governments represent sales that occurred in February.