Cities see increase in sales tax revenue

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 22, 2019

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $782.1 million in local sales tax allocations for June, 10.1 percent more than in June 2018. These allocations are based on sales made in April by businesses that report tax monthly.

Each city and the county saw an increase in sales tax revenue for this period except for Bridge City. Bridge City saw a decrease of 7.32 percent with a payment of $133,629.81 for this period compared to $144,184.91 last year. Overall, Bridge City is also seeing an overall decrease in sales tax revenue with a decrease of 2.18-percent year to date in 2019 with payment totals at $892,378.04, compared to the year to date in 2018 at $912,306.28.

While the other entities say an increase for this period, year to date is still behind for all except Rose City and Vidor.

Rose City saw an increase in the year to date with $122,938.59 this year, a 3.18-percent increase, compared to $119,145.30 for the year to date in 2018.

Vidor had a slightly smaller increase than Rose City with a 2.65-percent increase comparing 2018 year to date of $1,530,639.29 compared to the 2019 year to date payments of $1,571,238.82.

The city of West Orange saw the largest decrease with 10.35-percent less than the previous year with $2,784,897.74 in payments for 2019 compared to $2,790,311.48 in the year to date 2018.

Orange County had the largest increase for this period with 21.81-percent more this year compared to this period in 2018.