For Immediate Release:
Friday, Nov. 10, 2006
Contact: Dick Ellis or Misty Whited
Sales Tax Collections Continue To Rise
(Austin)--Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn today announced the state collected $1.6 billion in sales tax revenue in October, up 17.3 percent compared to October 2005. Strayhorn today sent $505.3 million in November sales tax rebates to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, up 11.9 percent compared to November 2005.
"Texas continues to see an increase in sales tax collections, from both consumer and business purchases, as we progress into the final months of the year and the start of the holiday shopping season," Comptroller Strayhorn said.
Strayhorn today sent Texas cities $348.8 million in sales tax allocations, up 12.2 percent compared to November 2005. So far this calendar year, city sales tax allocations are up 14 percent compared to the same time period last year. Texas counties received November sales tax allocations of $28.5 million, up 13.6 percent compared to one year ago. For the calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are running 16.2 percent ahead of 2005. The 110 special purpose taxing districts around the state received $14.4 million in sales tax, up 15.8 percent compared to last November. Ten local transit systems received $113.3 million in November sales tax rebates, up 10.2 percent compared to a year ago.
October state sales tax collections and November sales tax allocations to local governments represent September sales reported to the Comptroller in October by monthly tax filers and July, August and September sales reported to the Comptroller in October by quarterly tax filers.
For details of November 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, Dec. 8.