Sales tax numbers disappoint this month

Sales tax payments  were down – on average – for most local governments this month in the Lone Star state.

The $867.1 million  sent to cities, towns, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts was off 0.7 percent from a year ago, said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

He attributed the decline to the ongoing slump in the energy sector.

‘Energy-centric cities such as Odessa, Midland, Corpus Christi and Houston continued to see decreases in sales tax allocation,’ Hegar said. ‘Other areas of the state helped to somewhat offset those losses as cities such as San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth and Dallas saw moderate increases in allocations.’

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