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Contact:Allen Spelce
R.J. DeSilva
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For Immediate Release
December 14, 2007

Comptroller Susan Combs Delivers Final Local Sales Tax Allocations for 2007

Local Governments Received $5.6 Billion This Year


AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today said the state collected $1.8 billion in sales tax in November, up 9.5 percent compared to November 2006. The Comptroller sent local governments $447.3 million in December sales tax allocations, up 10.8 percent compared to last December.

“State sales tax collections through the first three months of fiscal 2008 are up 6.6 percent compared to the same period last year,” Combs said. “Growth is substantially slower than the vigorous 12 percent and 10.9 percent seen in fiscal 2006 and 2007, respectively. As the pace of the U.S. and Texas economies continues to cool, we expect the growth in Texas sales tax collections will continue to moderate.”

Combs sent Texas cities December sales tax allocations of $300 million, up 9.9 percent compared to December 2006. City sales tax allocations during calendar year 2007 totaled $3.8 billion, up 6.9 percent compared to 2006. Counties’ December sales tax allocations were $27.5 million, up 11.1 percent compared to December 2006. Counties received $338.9 million in sales tax during calendar year 2007, up 8.4 percent compared to last year.

Ten local transit systems received December sales tax allocations of $104.4 million, an 11.9 percent increase over December 2006. Sales tax allocations to transit systems in 2007 totaled $1.2 billion, up 5.4 percent compared to the 2006 total. December sales tax allocations of $15.2 million went to 124 special purpose taxing districts, an increase of 21.3 percent compared to last December. Special purpose districts received $180.6 million during 2007, up 17.9 percent compared to 2006.

“The final sales tax allocation of 2007 brings total local sales tax allocations for the calendar year to $5.6 billion, surpassing last year’s local sales tax revenue by 6.9 percent, despite a slowing economy,” Combs said.

For details of December 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 at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.

The next local sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, Jan.11.

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