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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
October 6, 2010

Comptroller Susan Combs to Distribute $443 Million
in Local Sales Tax Revenue

(Austin)— Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today state sales tax collections totaled $1.57 billion in September, up 6.8 percent compared to a year ago.

“This increase is significantly larger than recent monthly gains which have been in the 0 to 2 percent range,” said Combs. “Sales tax increases were posted across almost all sectors including oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade and restaurants.”

Combs will send local governments $443.5 million in monthly sales tax allocations, a 6 percent increase compared to a year ago. So far this calendar year, local sales tax allocations are still down 1.3 percent compared to the same period in 2009.

Combs will distribute monthly sales tax allocations of $300.1 million to Texas cities, up 6.1 percent compared to last October. So far this calendar year, city sales tax allocations are running 1 percent lower than the same time last year. Texas counties will receive sales tax allocations of $26.9 million, up 5.6 percent compared to a year ago. For the calendar-year-to-date county sales tax allocations are down 3.8 percent.

The 167 special purpose taxing districts around the state will get $18.7 million in sales tax revenue, an increase of 12.2 percent compared to last October. Ten Texas transit systems will receive $97.6 million in sales tax, up 4.5 percent compared to a year ago.

The state and local sales tax figures represent sales that occurred in August.

For details of sales tax allocations 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 November local sales tax allocation will be made on Monday, Nov. 15.

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