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For Immediate Release
September 14, 2007

Comptroller Susan Combs Distributes $447 Million in September Sales Tax Payments to Local Governments


AUSTIN —Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today the state collected $1.85 billion in sales tax in August, up 12.7 percent compared to a year ago.

“When the state’s 2007 fiscal year ended August 31, sales tax collections totaled $20.1 billion, 10.9 percent higher than in fiscal 2006,” Combs said.

Combs distributed $447.3 million in September sales tax payments to local governments, a 10.4 percent increase compared to September 2006. So far this calendar year, local sales tax allocations are up 7 percent compared to the same period in 2006.

Combs sent September sales tax allocations of $302.9 million to Texas cities, up 9.1 percent compared to September 2006. Calendar year-to-date, city sales tax revenues are running 7.1 percent higher than last year. Texas counties received September sales tax allocations of $27.3 million, up 12.1 percent compared to a year ago. Calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are 8.2 percent higher than last year.

The 122 special purpose taxing districts around the state received $15.1 million in sales tax revenue, an increase of 34 percent compared to a year ago. So far this calendar year, sales tax allocations to special purpose districts are up 17.7 percent compared to 2006. Ten Texas transit systems received $101.9 million in September sales tax payments, up 10.7 percent compared to a year ago. Year-to-date, transit sales tax revenues are up 4.9 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 sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, Oct. 12.

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