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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
February 13, 2009

Comptroller Susan Combs Distributes $665 Million in Local Sales Tax

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today the state collected $1.92 billion in sales tax revenue in January, up 3.9 percent compared to January 2008.

“Growth in state sales tax collections remains modest,” Combs said. “While overall growth has continued for the first five months of fiscal 2009, collections from important sectors such as retail trade and construction have decreased.”

Combs sent $665.5 million in local sales tax to Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, up 3.9 percent compared to sales tax distributions to local governments in February 2008.

January state sales tax collections and February’s local sales tax allocations represent sales made in December, but also include earlier sales by businesses that report sales tax to the Comptroller on a quarterly or annual basis.

The Comptroller sent $445.2 million in sales tax to Texas cities, up 2.5 percent compared to February 2008 payments. Texas counties received February sales tax payments of $41.4 million, up 9.9 percent compared to last February.

The 148 special purpose taxing districts around the state received $26.7 million in sales tax, up 24 percent compared to February 2008. Ten local transit systems received $152.1 million in February sales tax payments, up 3.3 percent compared to a year ago.

For details of February 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 local sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, March 13.

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