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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
December 8, 2010

Comptroller Susan Combs Delivers $435 Million in December
Sales Tax Allocations to Local Governments

(Austin) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today said November state sales tax revenue totaled $1.84 billion, up 8.7 percent compared to November 2009.

“Sales tax revenue has now grown for eight consecutive months compared to year ago levels, with recent gains above the five percent mark,” said Combs. “November’s monthly gain showed growth in a range of sectors like manufacturing, the oil and natural gas industry, retail trade and restaurants.”

The Comptroller will send cities, counties, special purpose districts and transit systems $435.8 million in December sales tax allocations, up 4.5 percent compared to last December. The final sales tax allocation of 2010 brings local sales tax revenue for the year to $5.6 billion, a fraction of a percent less than in 2009.

Combs will send Texas cities December sales tax allocations of $290.9 million, up 4 percent compared to December 2009. During calendar year 2010, cities received $3.8 billion in sales tax revenue, up less than 1 percent compared to the previous year. Counties’ December sales tax allocations will total $27.5 million, up 11.9 percent compared to December 2009. Counties will end the calendar year with sales tax revenues that are 1.2 percent below 2009.

Ten local transit systems will receive December sales tax allocations of $98.6 million, up 2.2 percent compared to December 2009. December sales tax allocations of $18.7 million are going to 174 special purpose districts, an increase of 15 percent compared to last December.

November state sales tax collections and December sales tax allocations to local governments represent sales that occurred in October.

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 website at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.

The next local sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, Jan.14.

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