For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006
Contact: Sheila Clancy or Dick Ellis
Strayhorn Closes Strong Sales Tax Year, Distributes $405 Million in September Sales Tax Payments to Local Governments
(Austin)--Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn today announced that the state collected $1.64 billion in sales tax in August, up 10.9 percent compared to a year ago. And when the state's 2006 fiscal year ended August 31, sales tax collections totaled $18.2 billion, 12 percent higher than in FY 05.
Strayhorn today delivered $405.4 million in September sales tax payments to local governments, a 13.2 percent increase compared to September 2005. So far this calendar year, local sales tax allocations are up 14.7 percent compared to the same period in 2005.
Strayhorn sent September sales tax allocations of $277.6 million to Texas cities, up 13.5 percent compared to September 2005. Calendar year-to-date, city sales tax rebates are running 14.2 percent higher than last year. Texas counties received September sales tax allocations of $24.3 million, up 18 percent compared to a year ago. Calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are 16.4 percent higher than last year.
Another $11.2 million went to 110 special purpose taxing districts around the state, an increase of 12.3 percent compared to a year ago. So far this calendar year, sales tax allocations to special purpose districts are up 17.2 percent compared to 2005. Ten Texas transit systems received $92.1 million in September sales tax payments, up 11.3 percent compared to a year ago. Year-to-date, transit sales tax revenues are up 15.5 percent.
September's sales tax allocations include local sales taxes collected in July and reported to the Comptroller in August. For details of September sales tax payments to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales and Use Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports on the Comptroller's Web site www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.
The Comptroller's next local sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, Oct. 13.