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Comptroller to Send October Sales Tax Allocations to Cities and Counties

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By Will Johnson                                                                                                                                                          

Messenger Reporter

EAST TEXAS – Area cities and counties will soon receive their October sales tax revenue disbursements from the state. In a press release dated Oct. 7, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar stated he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $751.5 million in local sales tax allocations for the month of October, which is 2.8 percent less than in October 2019.

As to what this means to area residents, Houston County Auditor Melissa Jeter previously provided an explanation of how the sales tax allocations affect property taxation in the county.

“Sales tax collections received by the County from the Comptroller are directly related to the ad valorem property tax reduction. When calculating the effective tax rate, the actual taxes collected – not budgeted – are reduced from the value, thereby reducing the tax rate. The county sales and use tax of 1/2 cent was put in place to lower the property tax. Whatever money we receive from sales tax is directly related to the amount of property tax rate reduction,” the auditor clarified.

“When anticipating revenues, the entire budget process is an educated guess. Houston County officials have historically been very conservative and realistic which has helped the county hold a recommended fund balance level, even while other entities were struggling and making cuts,” Jeter asserted.

Texas cities will receive $486.3 million, down 1.4 percent when compared to October 2019. Counties can anticipate sales tax allocations of $46.6 million, down 4.8 percent compared to last year’s numbers.

In addition, Hegar will send $59.6 million to 248 special purpose taxing districts, up 1.4 percent over last year. The ten transit system authorities in Texas will receive $159 million in sales tax allocations, down 7.7 percent compared to a year ago.

The sales tax allocations referenced above represent “… sales made in August by businesses that report tax monthly. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to weigh on the Texas economy and sales tax revenue.”

At the local level, Houston County showed a decrease in allocations. The county has a tax rate of 0.50 percent and will receive $87,414.86 – down from $127,234.33 received for the same tax period last year, indicative of a 31.29 percent decrease. So far this year, Houston County has received $1,047,425.45 compared to last year’s total of $1,345,723.02 for a decrease of 22.16 percent.

The sales tax allocations for incorporated cities of Houston County were a mixed bag as three of the five incorporated cities showed an increase.

The City of Crockett, which has a 1.5 percent tax rate, will receive $133,451.65 in sales tax allocations. This is down from $141,739.76             received for the same tax period last year and reflects a 5.84 percent decrease. Total yearly payments to date show Crockett has garnered $1,412,836.32 compared to last year’s total of $2,288,661.21 for a 38.26 percent decrease.

The City of Grapeland, which has a 1.0 percent tax rate, will realize $11,436.88 in sales tax allocation payments. This is down from the $13,618.29 received for the same tax period last year and reflects a decline of 16.01 percent. Year-to-date figures are also indicative of a downturn, going from $175,569.94 received last year at this time to $124,354.58 amassed so far this year, for a 29.17 percent decrease.

The City of Kennard, which has a 1.0 percent tax rate, will acquire $2,142.72 in disbursements. This is up from the $1,923.44 taken in during the same tax period last year, indicating an 11.4 percent increase. Year-to-date figures are also showing an upward trend from $18,449.80  collected last year at this time to $20,318.06 received so far this year. This signifies a 10.12 percent increase in sales tax payments.

The City of Latexo, which also has a 1.0 percent tax rate, will procure $2,559.48 in sales tax allocations. This represents an increase from the $2,247.98 received for the same tax period last year and indicates a 13.85 percent incline. Year-to-date figures are also showing an increase from $20,670.82 (2019) to $24,088.82 (2020), which marks a 16.53 percent increase in allocations.

The City of Lovelady, which has a 1.25 percent tax rate, will garner $5,888.10 in sales tax allocations. This is more than the $5,451.82 accrued for the same tax period last year and reflects an increase of eight percent. Year-to-date figures are also showing an increase going from $52,819.15 to $63,590.07. This represents an increase of 20.39 percent.

Anderson County, which has a 0.50 percent tax rate, will receive $253,400.45 in sales tax payments. This is an increase from $217,548.11           received for the same reporting period last year and indicates an incline of 16.48 percent. Year-to-date numbers are also showing an upward trend going from $2,080,900.41 received last year at this time to $2,323,745.05 received so far this year. The increased allocation represents an expansion of 11.67 percent.

The City of Elkhart, which has a 1.25 percent tax rate, will receive $15,112.76 in sales tax allocations. This is up from the $13,487.78 received for the same tax period last year and represents an increase of 12.04 percent. Year-to-date figures are also showing an increase from $137,025.73 (2019) to $156,764.25 (2020) reflective of a 14.4 percent rise in tax allocation payments.              

The City of Palestine, which has a 1.50 percent tax rate, will receive $ 489,976.82 in sales tax allocations. This is up from the $480,046.78 received for the same tax period last year and reflects an incline of 2.06 percent. Year-to-date figures are also showing an increase from a total of $4,963,977.13 received last year at this time to $5,276,212.85 received so far this year, representative of a 6.29 percent rise.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.

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