Sales tax numbers for the City of Robstown this month outperformed those of April 2009, bringing an end to a nine-month trend of decline.

The City of Robstown received $188,564 in sales tax allocations from the Texas Comptroller's Office this month, a 5.83 percent increase over allocations for April 2009. Despite the increase, the first quarter of 2010 has failed to live up to a record-setting first quarter of 2009, with allocations down 41.32 percent.

Elsewhere in Nueces County, the City of Corpus Christi received $4,574,842 in allocations this month, down 1.15 percent from April 2009. For the year, the city has received $18,334,710 in allocations, an 11.16 percent decline from the first quarter of 2009.

The City of Agua Dulce received $1,678 in allocations this month, up 3.24 percent over the $1,625 received in April 2009. For the year, the city has received $7,711 in allocations, down 2.58 percent from allocations for the first four months of 2009.

The City of Bishop received $13,421 in allocations in April, a 4.71 percent decline from April 2009. So far this year, the city has received $51,385 in allocations, a 9.98 percent decline from the same period of 2009.

The City of Driscoll saw allocations of $2,902 this month, down 13.27 percent from April 2009. For the year, the city has received $12,200 in allocations, down 8 percent from the first four months of 2009.

The City of Petronila received $238 in allocations this month, a 48.35 percent decline from the $460 received in April 2009. For the year, the City of Petronila has posted sales tax allocations of $1,254, down 34.53 percent from the first quarter of 2009.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said last week the state received $1.46 billion in sales tax revenue in March, down 7.8 percent compared to March 2009.

"For the second month in a row, the decline in sales tax collections continued to moderate," Combs said. "Following an eight-month stretch of double-digit declines, the pace of revenue losses is slowing. The oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, and retail industries registered lower sales tax revenue collections than one year earlier. We expect further declines in the near term followed by a return to sales tax revenue growth later this year."

Cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts will receive $394.1 million in April sales tax allocations, a 3.9 percent decrease compared to April 2009. So far in 2010, monthly sales tax allocations to local governments lag 7.4 percent behind 2009.

On Friday, Comptroller Combs sent April sales tax allocations of $265.7 million to Texas cities, down 3.6 percent compared to April 2009. Calendar year-to-date, city sales tax allocations are running 7 percent lower than last year. Texas counties received sales tax payments of $24.0 million, down 7.7 percent compared to one year ago. Calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are 12.9 percent lower than last year.

In addition, 164 special purpose taxing districts are getting $15.7 million in sales tax, down 1.8 percent compared to last April.

Ten local transit systems received $88.6 million in sales tax rebates, down 3.9 percent compared to a year ago.

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