Sales tax figures up for some cities, down for Levelland

Sales tax payments rose again this month for many taxing entities across the state when compared to last March.

However, receipts for Levelland , Anton and Sundown were down from March 2014.

State Comptroller Glenn Hegar sent $590.1 million to Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, up 6.7 percent in 12 months.

Hegar said the positive numbers for the state as a whole indicated ongoing strength in several sectors of the economy.

ìReceipts from manufacturing and wholesale and retail trade showed strong growth,î he said. ìAnd despite the decline in oil and natural gas prices, tax receipts from the oil and natural gas sector were once again up sharply over last year.

Levellandís check this month totaled $286,002, which was down 0.34 percent from its March 2014 payment of $286,980.

The decline was smaller than expected, said Shawn Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Levelland Economic Development Corporation.

ìWe were extremely pleased, Kirkpatrick said. January collections came in way better than we expected.

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