Sales tax receipts up 15% in county
September 18, 2013, 1:00 pm by Alexandria Randolph
Burnet County saw a positive change in local sales tax allocations this September compared to the same month last year, while Llano County saw a significant decrease in tax funds.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said last week that state sales tax revenue in August was $2.39 billion; up 2.1 percent compared to August 2012.
In total, the sales tax revenue allocation for Burnet County increased by 14.73 percent; from $718,777.06 in September 2012 to $824,713.61 this year.
The city of Burnet saw an increase of 9.63 percent from a $125,226.26 allocation last year to a $137,286.60 allocation this year. Bertram saw a large increase of 32.52 percent, receiving $15,224.33 this year compared to $11,487.48 last year. Granite Shoals also saw a large increase of 52.9 percent. The city received $11,554.41 this September compared to $7,556.82 last year.
Cottonwood Shores received an allocation of $12,643.74 this September compared to $11,845.35 last year for the same month; an increase of 6.74 percent. Horseshoe Bay received $80,502.31, a 16.02 percent increase from the $69,381.04 received last year, and Marble Falls received $567,502.22, a 15.04 percent increase from the $493,280.11 received in September 2012.
Llano County, however, received a total allocation of $72,778.36 this year, down 17.21 percent from the September 2012 allocation of $87,907.62.
The overall decrease may be due to the decrease in allocation for the city of Llano, which was $69,492.84 this September, a negative 18.64 percent change from the $85,422.91 received in allocations last year. Despite the overall decrease, Sunrise Beach saw a significant 32.22 percent increase, receiving $3,285.52 in allocations this year compared to $2,484.71 last year.
"The latest monthly gains were led by sectors such as construction and the restaurant industry,” Combs said in a release. "For the recently ended fiscal year, state sales tax revenue totaled $25.8 billion, an increase of 7.2 percent from fiscal 2012. Both businesses and consumer spending contributed to the gains for the year.”
September local sales tax allocations for cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts totaled $575 million across the state, up 2.8 percent compared to September 2012.
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