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For Immediate Release

August 10, 2011

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“The strong growth was again primarily in business spending in areas such as the oil and gas sector and manufacturing. Sales tax revenue from restaurants also showed gains.”

– Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.

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Comptroller Susan Combs Distributes $606 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today that state sales tax revenue in July was $1.86 billion, up 10.3 percent compared to July 2010.

“This marks the 16th consecutive month of increased state sales tax revenue,” said Combs.  “The strong growth was again primarily in business spending in areas such as the oil and gas sector and manufacturing.  Sales tax revenue from restaurants also showed gains.”

Combs will send August sales tax allocations totaling $606.7 million to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, up 9.1% percent compared to August 2010.

Local Sales Tax Allocations (August 2011)

Recipient August 2011
Allocations
Change from
August 2010
Year-to-date
Change
Cities $406.8M Up8.4% Up6.6%
Counties $37.6M Up11.6% Up12.3%
Transit Systems $135M Up9.4% Up7.3%
Special Purpose Taxing Districts $27.1M Up15.3% Up14.6%
Total $606.7M Up9.1% Up7.4%

The sales tax figures represent June sales reported by monthly tax filers and April, May and June sales reported by quarterly filers.

For details of August 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.

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