By Lynda Jones
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced on Thursday, Sept. 8, that Houston County cities will receive a total of $168,008.76 in local sales tax allocations for September, 4.32 percent less than in September 2015. Combined with the county's $83,977.21 allocation, that is a total of $251,985.97 coming this way.
Hegar reported that local sales tax allocations statewide for September totaled $629.2 million, 1.4 percent less than in September 2015.
These allocations are based on sales made in July by businesses that report tax monthly.
A look at the sum total of local sales tax 2016 Payments to Date to cities in Houston County is encouraging. So far this year, the five cities have received a total of $1,767,877.20, which is a 18.43 percent increase over the total of $1,492,696.45 received at this point in 2015.
The City of Crockett's allocation is $141,570.81 this month, a 1.90 percent decrease from the $144,324.58 received in September 2015. However, the city's 2016 payments to date total $1,516,521.80, a 20.54 percent increase over the $1,258,104.13 2015 payments to date.
Grapeland's allocation is $18,192.03, an 18.67 percent decrease from the $22,370.23 received in September 2015.
For the year so far, Grapeland has received $161,629.85, a 9.02 percent increase over the $148,245.35 received at this point in 2015.
Kennard had a healthy month, with its September payment totaling $1,652.53, a 26.08 percent increase over the $1,310.62 received in September 2015.
For the year to date, Kennard has received $16,673.45, a 24.34 percent increase over the $13,409.07 received to date in 2015.
The September 2016 allocation for Latexo is $1,586.01, a 3.77 percent increase over the $1,528.29 received in September 2015.
Latexo's 2016 payments to date total $13,680.48, a 22.45 percent decrease from the $17,642.98 received to date in 2015.
The City of Lovelady's September 2016 allocation is $5,007.38, a 17.60 percent decrease from the September 2015 payment of $6,077.23.
Lovelady's 2016 payments to date total $59,371.62, a 7.37 percent increase over the $55,294.92 received at this time last year.
Houston County's September 2016 allocation is $83,977.21, a 15.02 percent decrease from the $98,822.30 September 2015 allocation.
Looking at the year as a whole, the county has received $873,923.80 so far in 2016. This is a 3.94 percent decrease from the 2015 payments to date that equalled $909,789.65.
"The cities of Houston, Midland, San Antonio and Frisco saw decreases in sales tax allocation," Hegar said. "The cities of Dallas and Plano saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations."