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Tax payment record for city

A strong oilfield economy coupled with strength in the retail sector gave Levelland a record high sales tax payment this month.

The city was one of many in the state that enjoyed higher sales tax allocations than a year ago.

Sales tax rebates totaling $723.1 million went out to  hundreds of taxing entities across the Texas. That amount was up 10.5 percent from a year ago.

Texas cities received $473.4 million, a gain of 9.6 percent from November 2013, while counties netted $46.0 million, an improvement of 12.1 percent.

Transit systems received $160.6 million, up 9.3 percent from a year ago, and the $43.1 million that special purpose taxing districts earned reflected a gain of 24.2 percent.

Levelland’s rebate of $384,067 was up 26.52 percent from last November’s $303,551.

‘Obviously the economy is doing well,’ said City Manager Rick Osburn.

A major part of the increase was due to ‘business-to-business’ activity.

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