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For Immediate Release
July 13, 2007

Comptroller Susan Combs Distributes Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments


AUSTIN —Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today announced that the state collected $1.63 billion in sales tax revenue in June, up 9.3 percent compared to June 2006.

Combs sent July sales tax allocations totaling $446.4 million to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, up 8.3 percent compared to July 2006.

“Sales tax collections continue to grow at a steady pace,” Combs said. “Growth in the construction, oil and gas, and retail sectors are helping the current strength of the Texas economy.”

Combs sent July sales tax allocations of $304 million to Texas cities, up 9.5 percent compared to July 2006. So far this calendar year, city sales tax allocations are up 7.3 percent compared to the same time period last year. Texas counties received sales tax payments of $27.4 million, up 7.4 percent compared to last July. So far this year, sales tax allocations to counties are up 8.1 percent compared to 2006.

Combs sent $14.7 million to 121 special purpose taxing districts, up 19.8 percent compared to last July. Ten local transit systems received $100 million in sales tax allocations, up 3.4 percent compared to a year ago.

State sales tax collections in June and local sales tax allocations in July represent sales that occurred in May and were reported to the Comptroller in June.

For details of July sales tax payments to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports 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, Aug. 10.

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