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County sales tax income up 6.7 percent

LIVINGSTON – Polk County’s sales tax income once again climbed above totals received last year, with September’s figure rising 6.7 percent over the amount collected in September 2016.

The $204,508.25 payment received in September was up by $12,905.48 from the $191,637.74 received one year earlier. It also was the largest sales tax payment received by the county during the month of September.

The September increase followed a 1.7 percent drop in August and a 19.4 percent gain in July.

The comptroller collects the sales taxes for all governmental entities and then rebates the local share to counties, cities and other political subdivisions on a monthly basis. The September check represents taxes collected in July by local merchants that file monthly reports.
So far in 2017, the county has collected more than $1.62 million in sales tax revenue, a total that is down by $48,764.32 or more than 2.9 percent from the more than $1.83 million received during the first nine months of 2016.

The September total also represents the 12th and final payment the county received under its FY2017 budget which ended on Sept. 30.

During the fiscal year, the county collected almost $2.41 million in sales tax income, which was up by $4,628.35 or almost 0.2 percent from the more than $2.4 million received during the 2016 fiscal year.

Under the FY 2017 budget, the county projected it would collect $2,342,305 in sales tax income during the fiscal year. The final total represented 102.9 percent of the projection and exceeded the budget total by $66,905.37.

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, all reported increases when compared to the September totals of one year ago.
Livingston’s latest sales tax rebate of $315,608.72 was up by $21,079.27 or almoast 7.2 percent from the $294,529.45 received in September 2016. So far this year, he city has collected almost $2.8 million from the tax, which is up by $45,806.71 or almost 1.7 percent from the more than $2.7 million received during the first nine months of 2016.

With a rebate of $50,446.69, Onalaska’s sales tax check was up by $2,697.39 or 5.6 percent from the $47,749.30 reported one year earlier. Since Jan. 1, the city has collected $423,223.07 from the tax, a total that is down by $2,290.21 or 0.5 percent from the $425,513.28 received during the same period last year.

Corrigan’s September sales tax rebate was $38,931.71 which was up by $2,017.67 or almost 5.5 percent from the $36,914.04 received in September 2016. So far this year, the city has received $324,587.80, a total that is up by $35,389.38 or 12.2 percent from the $289,198.42 collected during the first nine months of 2016.

During September Goodrich received $2,881.92 in sales tax income, which was up by $235.61 or 8.9 percent from the $2,646.31 received one year earlier. The total for the year now stands at $25,401.14 which is up by $5,508.24 or 27.7 percent from the $19,892.90 collected during the same period of 2016.

Seven Oaks received $852.85 in September, which was up by $536.60 or more than 169.67 percent from the $316.25 received one year ago. Since Jan. 1, the city has received $5,659.92 from the tax, a total that is down by $259,.60 or about 4.4 percent from the $5,919.52 received during the first nine months of 2016.

In his report, Hegar said Texas counties received $40.1 million in rebate checks, which was up by 9.3 percent compared to one year ago. Cities collected $436.6 million in rebates, which was up by 6.1 percent from September 2016.

In the latest report, Houston received the state’s largest check for over $50.04 million, which was up by 0.03 percent from the more than $50.03 million delivered one year ago.

San Antonio’s sales tax allocation was $26.8 million, which was up by 8.7 percent from the $24.6 million received one year ago.
The $23.1 million issued to Dallas reflects a 5.6 percent increase from the $21.9 million received one year earlier.

The Austin sales tax allocation for September was $16.5 million, which was up by 7.3 percent from the $15.4 million received one year earlier.

Other area counties that received September rebates included:
• Angelina, which collected $445,626.97, up by 0.4 percent from September 2016.
• Liberty, which collected $276,060.68, up by 4.1 percent from one year ago.
• San Jacinto, which collected $35,783.36, up by 8.5 percent from September 2016.
• Tyler, which collected $48,862.49, up by 13.4 percent from one year ago.
• Walker, which collected $279,531.61, up by 13.7 percent from September 2016.
Other East Texas cities that received September rebates included:
• Huntsville received a payment of over $629,045.66, which was up by 14.7 percent from one year ago.
• Lufkin received a payment of over $1.1 million, which was up by 0.6 percent from one year ago.
• Diboll received a payment of $54,268.34, which was up by 44.7 percent from September 2016.
• Cleveland received a payment of $244,301.55, which was down by 1.9 percent from one year ago.
• Liberty received a payment of $202,388.99, which was down by 6.8 percent from September 2016.
• Woodville received a payment of $95,481.94, which was up by 28 percent from September 2016.
• Chester received a payment of $1,766.12, which was up by 56.5 percent from the total collected one year ago.
• Trinity received a payment of $57,007.51, which was up by almost 22 percent from one year ago.
• Shepherd received a payment of $22,196.48, which was up by 22.5 percent from September 2016.
• Coldspring received a payment of $25,434.74, which was up by 35.9 percent from one year ago.
• Point Blank received a payment of $4,785.05, which was up by 20.2 percent from September 2016.