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County sales tax income posts 19.4% gain

LIVINGSTON – Polk County’s sales tax income posted gains for the second consecutive month in July, rebounding from four straight months of declines when compared to 2016 levels.

According to a report from Texas Comptrolled Glenn Hegar, the county received a $200,937.68 sales tax payment in July, which was up by $32,677.70 or more than 19.4 percent from the $168,259.98 collected in July 2016.

The July gain followed a 9.2 percent increase in June and declines of 3.5 percent in February, 2.5 percent in March, 7.2 percent April and 28.2 in May.

The latest sales tax payment is substantially up from one year ago and is the third largest June sales tax check the county has received. The largest, $362,969.24, came in June 2013 and was the largest single month payment the county has received since it instituted the sales tax. The second largest June payment was the $218,754.64 received in 2015.

The comptroller collects all of the sales taxes and then rebates the local share to counties, cities and other entities on a monthly basis. The June check represents taxes collected in May by local merchants that file monthly reports.

So far in 2017, the county has collected almost $1.39 million in sales tax revenue, a total that is down by $44,734.86 or more than 3.1 percent from the more than $1.43 received during the first seven months of 2016.

The July payment also represents the 10th the county has received since its current budget went into effect on Oct. 1, 2016. Thus far this fiscal year, the county has collected almost $1.97 million in sales tax income, which is down by $4,247.67 or just over 0.2 percent from the more than $1.97 million received during the same period last year.

Under it’s current budget, the county projected it would collect $2,342,305 in sales tax income during the fiscal year. The total after 10 months represents over 84 percent of the budget projection.
Polk County collects a 0.5 percent tax on sales while the cities of Livingston, Onalaska and Corrigan assess a 1.5 percent tax. Goodrich and Seven Oaks each have a 1 percent sales tax.
Of the county’s five cities that collect a sales tax, three reported increases when compared to the July totals of one year ago.

Livingston’s latest sales tax rebate of $318,386.57 was up by $31,471.29 or almost 11 percent from the $286,915.28 received in July 2016. So far this year, he city has collected over $2.12 million from the tax, which is up by $19,535.05 or about 0.9 percent from the more than $2.10 million received during the first seven months of 2016.

With a rebate of $42,303.76, Onalaska’s sales tax check was down by $736.58 or over 1.7 percent from the $43,040.34 reported one year earlier. Since Jan. 1, the city has collected $311,517.55 from the tax, a total that is up by $2,202.39 or 0.7 percent from the $309,315.17 received during the same period last year.

Corrigan’s July sales tax rebate was $31,831.66 which was up by $6,737.26 or over 26.8 percent from the $25,094.40 received in July 2016. So far this year, the city has received $234,988.98, a total that is up by $24,073.45 or 11.4 percent from the $210,915.53 collected during the first seven months of 2016.

During July Goodrich received $2,834.93 in sales tax income, which was up by $1,226.58 or 76.3 percent from the $1,608.35 received one year earlier. The total for the year now stands at $18,436.10 which is up by $4,310.63 or 30.5 percent from the $14,125.47 collected during the same period of 2016.

Seven Oaks received $606.73 in July, which was down by $67.11 or almost 10 percent from the $673.84 received one year ago. Since Jan. 1, the city has received $4,134.52 from the tax, a total that is down by $316.83 or 7.1 percent from the $4,451.35 received during the first seven months of 2016.
In his report, Hegar said Texas counties received $41.3 million in rebate checks, which was up by 14 percent compared to one year ago. Cities collected $439.8 million in rebates, which was up by 8 percent from July 2016.

In the latest report, Houston received the state’s largest check for almost $50.7 million, which was up by 4.8 percent from the $48.4 million delivered one year ago.

San Antonio’s sales tax allocation was $26.3 million, which was up by 6.8 percent from the $24.6 million received one year ago.

The $23.31 million issued to Dallas reflects a 4.9 percent increase from the $22.2 million received one year earlier.

The Austin sales tax allocation for July was $17.5 million, which was up by 7.5 percent from the $16.2 million received one year earlier.

Other area counties that received July rebates included:
• Angelina, which collected $442,660.06, up by over 3.2 percent from July 2016.
• Liberty, which collected $275,923.02, up by 7.5 percent from one year ago.
• San Jacinto, which collected $38,515.57, up by 25.2 percent from July 2016.
• Tyler, which collected $50,916.74, up by 22.7 percent from one year ago.
• Walker, which collected $270,157.12, up by 15.6 percent from July 2016.
Other East Texas cities that received July rebates included:
• Huntsville received a payment of over $599,200.09, which was up by 10.8 percent from one year ago.
• Lufkin received a payment of almost $1.09 million, which was down by 1.3 percent from one year ago.
• Diboll received a payment of $46,945.39, which was up by 28.8 percent from July 2016.
• Cleveland received a payment of $262,213.19, which was up by 6.2 percent from one year ago.
• Liberty received a payment of $231,984.82, which was up by 7.4 percent from July 2016.
• Woodville received a payment of $81,922.42, which was up by 10.7 percent from July 2016.
• Chester received a payment of $1,108.23, which was down by 5.1 percent from the total collected one year ago.
• Trinity received a payment of $52,830.77, which was up by 11.6 percent from one year ago.
• Shepherd received a payment of $16,767.37, which was down by 4.8 percent from July 2016.
• Coldspring received a payment of $34,734.76, which was up by 87.3 percent from one year ago.
• Point Blank received a payment of $4,296.43, which was up by 18.3 percent from July 2016.