Sales tax allocations across Nueces County were down this month, matching state figures that showed a significant decrease in allocations this year from last year.
The City of Robstown received $129,302 in allocations for the month of December, down from November's total of $171,850. This month's total is the city's lowest amount received since September 2007, when it received $116,681.
For the year, the city received a total of $2.5 million in sales tax allocations, about $900,000 less than last year's record-setting total of $3.4 million. Last year's record was due mainly in part to the last five months of the year, when sales tax allocations totaled $2.1 million during that period alone, as opposed to this year's total of $748,093 during that same stretch.
Overall, the City of Robstown averaged monthly allocations of $205,900 for 2009, down from its 2008 monthly average of $285,012.
The City of Corpus Christi received $4.2 million in sales tax allocations for the month of December, taking a $548,071 dive from November's total of $4.8 million. December's total is the lowest monthly allocation this year, and also the city's lowest monthly allocation since December 2006.
For the year, the City of Corpus Christi received $57.3 million in sales tax allocations, down from its 2008 total of $62.1 million. It is also the city's lowest annual total since 2006, when it finished the year at $55.7 million.
Average 2009 monthly allocations for the City of Corpus Christi were $4.8 million, down from its 2008 monthly average of $5.2 million.
The City of Bishop received $12,640 in allocations for December, a $5,317 decrease from last month's allocation of $17,957.
For the year, the city received $177,814 in sales tax allocations, down from last year's record total of $191,643. This year's total allocations are, however, the second-highest annual total in the city's history. Until this year's final figures, the City of Bishop had seen a steady increase in annual sales tax allocations since 2005.
Average monthly allocations for the City of Bishop were $14,817, down slightly from last year's monthly average of $15,970.
The City of Driscoll received $2,758 in sales tax allocations, down from November's total of $3,217.
For the year, the city received $39,936, which is a $5,567 decrease from the $45,503 in total allocations for 2008. This year's allocations were the lowest since 1999, when the city received $37,991. The most the city has ever received in annual sales tax allocations was in 2004, when its annual total hit $61,265.
Average monthly allcoations for 2009 were $3,328, which is down from its 2008 average of $3,791.
The City of Agua Dulce received $1,751 in sales tax allocations for the month of December, which was slightly lower than last month's total of $2,017. For the year, the city received $24,273, a $4,663 decrease from last year's annual allocations of $28,936.
This year's total allocations are the city's lowest since 2005, when it had allocations of $16,099.
Average monthly allocations for the City of Agua Dulce this year were $2,022, down from last year's monthly average of $2,411.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said in a Dec. 11 statement that the state collected $1.7 billion in sales tax in November, down 14.4 percent compared to November 2008.
The Comptroller sent cities, counties, special purpose districts and transit systems $417.1 million in December sales tax allocations, down 14.6 percent compared to last December. The final sales tax allocation of 2009 brings local sales tax revenue for the year to $5.6 billion, 5.1 percent less than in 2008.
Combs sent Texas cities December sales tax allocations of $279.6 million, down 14.9 percent compared to December 2008. Counties' December sales tax allocations totaled $24.6 million, down 20.2 percent compared to December 2008.
November state sales tax collections and December sales tax allocations to local governments represent sales that occurred in October.