Local sales tax jumps 9.65 percent; Bullard, Arp see county high, low

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Lindale merchants enjoyed another healthy month in sales tax receipts for the most recent reporting period, a 9.65 percent increase over this time compared to a year ago according to figures released by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s office this past week.

For Smith County entities, the story was an up and down one as Bullard registered a 37.42 percent increase and Arp fell by a 19.39 percent. Winona had the second highest increase with a 19.32 hike.

Statewide, Hegar said that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.4 billion in February, 4.4 percent more than in February 2016.

“Growth in sales tax revenue was due to increased collections from most sectors of the economy,” Hegar said. “While tax collections from oil- and gas-mining remain subdued, receipts from telecommunications, construction, services and retail and wholesale trade increased significantly.”

Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in February 2017 was up by 2.8 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Sales tax revenue is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 58 percent of all tax collections in fiscal 2016. Motor vehicle sales and rental taxes, motor fuel taxes and oil and natural gas production taxes are also large revenue sources for the state.

In February 2017, Texas collected the following revenue from those taxes:

motor vehicle sales and rental taxes — $373.2 million, up 0.3 percent from February 2016;

motor fuel taxes — $289.7 million, up 1.1 percent from February 2016; and

oil and natural gas production taxes — $277.7 million, up 150 percent from February 2016. The increase is, in part, due to refunds that went to natural gas severance taxpayers in February 2016, which resulted in artificially low tax collections during that period.

His office will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $619.7 million in local sales tax allocations for March, 5.8 percent more than in March 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in January by businesses that report tax monthly.

“The cities of Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Austin saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “The cities of McAllen and Sugar Land saw noticeable decreases.”

Smith County’s figures are:

ARP: $19,599.27 for 2017; $24,315.03 for 2016, down 19.39 percent

BULLARD: $135,206.31 for 2017; $98,382.12 for 2016, up 37.42 percent

LINDALE: $729,460.16 for 2017; $665,218.96 for 2016, up 9.65 percent

NEW CHAPEL HILL: $2,841.15 for 2017; $2,915.48 for 2016, down 2.54 percent

NOONDAY: $31,778.68 for 2017; $31,703.82 for 2016, up 0.23 percent

TROUP: $100,440.24 for 2017; $102,817.80 for 2016, down 2.31 percent

TYLER: $10,407,447.01 for 2017; $9,944,753.19for 2016, up 4.65 percent

WHITEHOUSE: $197,018.86 for 2017; $196,513.93 for 2016, up 0.25 percent

WINONA: $38,231.35 for 2017; $32,040.58 for 2016, up 1932 percent.

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