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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
May 9, 2008

Comptroller Susan Combs Sends Local Governments
$554 Million in Sales Tax Revenue

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced the state collected $1.7 billion in sales tax revenue in April, down 1.8 percent compared to April 2007.

“This was a slight decrease compared to the dramatic growth seen in April 2007,” Combs said. “For the eight months of fiscal 2008 to date, state sales tax collections are up 6 percent compared to the previous year.”

As expected, the slower expansion of the Texas economy in 2008 is translating into sales tax growth below the double-digit pace of the past two years.

Combs said local governments will receive $554.4 million in May sales tax allocations, up 2.2 percent compared to May 2007.  So far this calendar year, sales tax allocations to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts are up 5.4 percent compared to a year ago.

Comptroller Combs sent May sales tax allocations of $377.7 million to Texas cities, up 1.4 percent compared to May 2007.  Calendar year-to-date, city sales tax allocations are up 4.9 percent compared to the same period last year.  Texas counties received sales tax payments of $32.4 million, up 0.8 percent compared to one year ago. Calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are 5.2 percent higher than last year. 

In addition, $18.6 million went to 127 special purpose taxing districts throughout the state, up 13.9 percent compared to last May.  Ten local transit systems received $125.5 million in sales tax allocations, up 3.4 percent compared to a year ago.

May’s sales tax allocations to local governments represent March sales that were reported to the Comptroller in April by monthly tax filers and January, February and March sales reported to the Comptroller in April by quarterly tax filers.

For details of May 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 Comptroller’s next sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, June 13.

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Find details on all the services of the Comptroller’s office at www.window.state.tx.us, including a transparent look at state spending at www.window.state.tx.us/wherethemoneygoes.

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