Sales tax numbers for the City of Robstown continued to rebound in June, as the city outperformed 2009 numbers for the third consecutive month.
According to information provided by the Texas Comptroller's office, the City of Robstown received sales tax allocations from the state of $229,014 this month, a 30.71 percent increase over allocations for June 2009. Although numbers for the past three months have been strong, they have not been enough to overcome a slow start to the year. This year the city has collected $1,208,120 in sales tax allocations, a 23.86 percent decrease from allocations collected in the first six months of 2009.
Other Nueces County cities have also struggled this year.
The City of Corpus Christi received $4,249,670 in allocations this month, a slight increase of .4 percent over allocations for June 2009. This year the City of Corpus Christi has collected $27,975,336 in allocations, down 7.37 percent from a year ago.
The City of Agua Dulce received $1,955 in allocations this month, a 4.56 percent increase over allocations for June 2009. The city has collected $12,001 in allocations so far this year, holding pace with 2009 numbers.
The City of Bishop received $15,394 in allocations in June, up 5.69 percent over allocations for June 2009. Despite that increase, however, the city is 5.34 percent below allocations for the first half of 2009, with only $83,898 received this year.
The City of Driscoll received $2,767 in allocations this month, down 14.31 percent from allocations for June 2009. The city has collected $18,279 in allocations so far this year, down 9.6 percent from the first six months of 2009.
The City of Petronila received $442 in allocations in June, down 35 percent from the $679 received in June 2009. For the year, the city has received $2,081 in allocations, a decline of 30.22 percent from the first half of 2009.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced Friday the state collected $1.78 billion in sales tax revenue in May, a 0.1 percent increase compared to May 2009.
"Total sales tax collections have met or exceeded year ago levels for a second month in a row, following 14 months of decline. This may indicate that a bottom has been reached," Combs said in a press release. "May sales tax collections from retail trade, oil and gas, and restaurant activity outpaced those of May 2009. Remittances from other sectors, however, such as construction and manufacturing, fell below last year. While overall economic conditions and sales tax revenues appear to be stabilizing, there remains a risk of further deterioration, before a sustained recovery is underway."
Combs sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $437.3 million in June local sales tax allocations, down 0.9 percent compared to last June.
Combs delivered June sales tax allocations of $292.6 million to Texas cities, down 1.5 percent compared to June 2009. So far this calendar year, city sales tax allocations are down 4 percent compared to the same time period last year. Texas counties received sales tax payments of $26.7 million, up 1 percent compared to last June.