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Comptroller to Send May Sales Tax Allocations to Cities and Counties

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By Will Johnson                                                                                                                                           

Messenger Reporter

EAST TEXAS – If they haven’t already, area cities and counties will soon receive their May sales tax revenue disbursements from the state. In a press release dated May 12, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar indicated he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $1.06 billion in local sales tax allocations for the month of May, which is 28.4 percent more than in May 2020.

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 $692.3 million, up 30.1 percent when compared to May 2020. Counties can anticipate sales tax allocations of $62.2 million, up 20.6 percent compared to last year’s numbers.

In addition, Hegar will send $85.4 million to 248 special purpose taxing districts, up 30.1 percent over last year. The ten transit system authorities in Texas will receive $217.9 million in sales tax allocations, up 24.8 percent compared to a year ago.

The sales tax allocations referenced above represent “… made in March by businesses that report tax monthly and sales made in January, February and March by quarterly filers.”

At the local level, Houston County showed a decrease in allocations. The county has a tax rate of 0.50 percent and will receive $105,602.47 – down from $120,010.90 received for the same tax period last year, indicative of a 12 percent decrease. So far this year, Houston County has received $ 472,612.99 compared to last year’s total of $566,267.74 for a decrease of 16.53 percent.

The sales tax allocations for incorporated cities of Houston County were all positive as five of the five showed an increase.

The City of Crockett, which has a 1.5 percent tax rate, will receive $200,802.29 in sales tax allocations. This is up from $156,748.94 received for the same tax period last year and reflects a 28.1 percent increase. Total yearly payments-to-date show Crockett has garnered $782,207.21 compared to last year’s total of $678,653.43 for a 15.25 percent increase.

The City of Grapeland, which has a 1.0 percent tax rate, will realize $18,437.26 in sales tax allocation payments. This is up from the $15,886.51 received for the same tax period last year and reflects an incline of 16.05 percent. Year-to-date figures are also indicative of an uptick, going from $59,978.58 received last year at this time to $67,112.86 amassed so far this year, for a 11.89 percent increase.

The City of Kennard, which has a 1.0 percent tax rate, will acquire $2,990.43 in disbursements. This is up from the $2,406.40 taken in during the same tax period last year, indicating a 24.26 percent increase. Year-to-date figures are also showing an upward trend from $10,674.51 collected last year at this time to $12,088.21 received so far this year. This signifies a 13.24 percent increase in sales tax payments.

The City of Latexo, which also has a 1.0 percent tax rate, will procure $2,824.66 in sales tax allocations. This represents an increase from the $2,146.09 received for the same tax period last year and indicates a 31.61 percent incline. Year-to-date figures are also showing an increase from $ 11,344.85 (2020) to $15,276.09 (2021), which marks a 34.65 percent increase in allocations.

The City of Lovelady, which has a 1.25 percent tax rate, will garner $7,665.92 in sales tax allocations. This is more than the $6,623.28 accrued for the same tax period last year and reflects an increase of 15.74 percent. Year-to-date figures are also showing an increase going from $28,589.18 to $32,355.97. This represents an increase of 13.17 percent.

Anderson County, which has a 0.50 percent tax rate, will receive $308,869.24 in sales tax payments. This is an increase from $247,840.02 received for the same reporting period last year and indicates an incline of 24.62 percent. Year-to-date numbers are also showing an upward trend going from $1,109,076.76 received last year at this time to $1,204,715.72 received so far this year. The increased allocation represents an expansion of 8.62 percent.

The City of Elkhart, which has a 1.25 percent tax rate, will receive $18,622.24 in sales tax allocations. This is up from the $15,793.32 received for the same tax period last year and represents an increase of 17.91 percent. Year-to-date figures are also showing an increase from $76,013.04 (2020) to $78,031.64 (2021), reflective of a 2.65 percent incline in tax allocation payments.      

The City of Palestine, which has a 1.50 percent tax rate, will receive $764,350.89 in sales tax allocations. This is up from the $593,694.25 received for the same tax period last year and reflects an incline of 28.74 percent. Year-to-date figures are also showing an increase from a total of $2,634,906.71 received last year at this time to $2,789,787.93 received so far this year, representative of a 5.87 percent uptick.

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

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