Sales tax numbers in Robstown saw a significant jump this month, bucking a trend of decline felt everywhere else in the county.
The City of Robstown received $337,525 in sales tax allocations from the Texas Comptroller's office this month, more than double the $164,957 received in August 2009. The amount marked a 104.61 percent increase over August 2009 numbers, and was the highest single-month allocation for the city since February 2009. For the year, the city has received $1,762,151 in sales tax allocations, still down 6.64 percent from the same period of 2009.
Elsewhere in the county, the City of Corpus Christi received $4,773,347 in allocations this month, down 9.44 percent from allocations for August 2009. For the year, the city has received $37,229,200 in allocations, down 6.06 percent from the first eight months of 2009.
The City of Agua Dulce received $2,114 in allocations from the comptroller's office this month, down 20.61 percent from allocations for the same month of 2009. So far this year, the city has received $16,008 in allocations, down 2.95 percent from allocations for 2009.
The City of Bishop received $14,991 in allocations this month, down 12.9 percent from August 2009. For the year, the city has received $115,326 in sales tax allocations, down 2.55 percent from 2009 numbers.
The City of Driscoll received $3,043 in allocations this month, down 13.53 percent from the $3,519 received in August 2009. So far this year, the city has received $24,764 in allocations, an 8.05 percent drop from 2009.
The City of Petronila recorded sales tax allocations of $400 this month, down 18.47 percent from August 2009. For the year, the city has received sales tax allocations of $2,866, down 26.01 percent from the first eight months of 2009.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said state sales tax revenue in July was $1.69 billion, up 2.2 percent compared to one year ago.
"Total monthly sales tax revenue has now exceeded year-ago levels for the last four months," Combs said, in a press release. "Sales tax collections in major sectors such as retail trade, the oil and natural gas industry and construction are up from a year ago. We are monitoring these sectors to see if collections are returning to consistent growth."
Combs will send $556.3 million in August sales tax allocations to local governments, up 2.3 percent compared to August 2009. So far this calendar year, sales tax allocations to local governments are down 2.5 percent compared to this time last year.
Combs will send sales tax payments of $375.5 million to Texas cities, up 2.2 percent compared to last August. Calendar year-to-date, city sales tax revenues trail 2009 by 2.2 percent. Sales tax payments of $33.7 million will go to Texas counties, 0.2 percent below last August.
In addition, $23.5 million in sales tax revenue goes to 169 special purpose taxing districts, up 11.1 percent compared to August 2009. Ten local transit systems will receive $123.5 million, up 1.6 percent compared to a year ago.
August sales tax allocations represent sales taxes collected in June by businesses that file sales taxes monthly, and sales taxes collected in April, May and June by quarterly filers.