Sales tax payments slip for state, local cities

Sales tax allocations were down for most taxing entities this month in Texas, including Levelland, Lubbock, Morton and other area cities.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that the $626.3 million in allocations this month was off 3.0 percent from December 2014.

Hegar attributed the decline to softness in the energy sector.

‘Sales tax revenue declined again due to reduced spending in oil and gas-related sectors,’ he said. ‘Remittances from other sectors, including construction, restaurants and retail trade, continued to grow.’

Hegar noted that sales tax revenue for the state last month totaled $2.58 billion, down 3.3 percent compared to November 2014.

Texas cities this month received $407.3 million from Austin, down 2.4 percent from a year earlier.

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