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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
April 9, 2009

Local Governments Receive $409 Million in Sales Tax Revenue

(Austin) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today the state received $1.58 billion in sales tax revenue in March, down 3.8 percent compared to March 2008.

“Continued weakness in many important sectors, such as retail trade, mining and construction, resulted in a significant decrease in March sales tax collections,” Combs said. “While year to date sales tax revenue is up 1.9 percent for fiscal 2009, further declines are expected this year.”

Cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts will receive $409.9 million in April sales tax allocations, a 2.2 percent decrease compared to April 2008. So far in 2009, monthly sales tax allocations to local governments remain up by 1.2 percent.

Comptroller Combs will send April sales tax allocations of $275.7 million to Texas cities, down 1.9 percent compared to April 2008. Calendar year-to-date, city sales tax allocations are running 0.8 percent higher than last year. Texas counties will receive sales tax payments of $26 million, up 0.4 percent compared to one year ago. Calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are 5.7 percent higher than last year.

In addition, 149 special purpose taxing districts around the state are getting $16 million in sales tax, up 12.7 percent compared to last April. Ten local transit systems will receive $92.2 million in sales tax rebates, down 5.8 percent compared to a year ago.

March state sales tax revenue and April payments made to local governments represent sales that occurred in February.

For details of April sales tax payments to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, visit the Monthly Sales and Use Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports page on the Comptroller’s Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.

The Comptroller’s next sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, May 8.


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