Sales tax numbers for cities in Nueces County continued to decline this month, following a trend that has seen lower numbers across the state.

The City of Robstown received $184,633 in allocations from the state this month, down 60.29 percent from the $465,055 received in February 2009. Although this month's allocation is down from February of last year, it is the highest single-month amount recorded by the city in 11 months. The City of Robstown has collected $339,614 in allocations from the state so far this year, down 60.24 percent from the first two months of 2009.

Elsewhere in the county, the City of Corpus Christi received $5,884,361 in allocations this month, down 13.3 percent from February 2009. For the year, the city has received $9.9 million in sales tax, down 14.65 percent from the same period of 2009.

The City of Agua Dulce recorded $1,986 in allocations this month, a 10.45 percent drop from February 2009. For the year, the city has received $3,754 in allocations, almost even with allocations for the first two months of 2009.

The City of Bishop recorded sales tax allocations of $16,622 this month, down 1.23 percent from February 2009. For the first two months of this year, the city has received $26,528 in allocations, a 9.47 percent decline from January and February of 2009.

The City of Driscoll posted sales tax allocations of $3,536 this month, 1.03 percent less than the $3,573 received in February 2009. For the year, the city has received $6,505 in allocations, down 2.74 percent from the first two months of 2009.

The City of Petronila recorded sales tax allocations of $414 this month, down 15.99 percent from numbers for February 2009. The city has only posted allocations of $588 in the first two months of this year, a 38.59 percent decline from January and February of 2009.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said last week the state collected $1.66 billion in sales tax revenue in January, down 14.2 percent compared to January 2009.

Combs sent $618.2 million in local sales tax to Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, down 7.1 percent compared to sales tax distributions to local governments in February 2009.

January state sales tax collections and February's local sales tax allocations represent sales made in December, and also include earlier sales by businesses that report sales tax to the Comptroller on a quarterly or annual basis.