Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 8, 2013

On the rise again

Sales-tax allocations continue strong start

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The City of Athens continued its strong start in 2013 sales-tax allocations in February with a double-digit increase over the previous year.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs’ office will send Athens a $530,131.67 check for February, up from $479,803.42 in 2012. To date, Athens is 9.09 percent above 2012 for the year-to-date.

Statewide, Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special-purpose taxing districts tax allocations totaling $741 million, up 4.6 percent from February, 2012. The allocations reflect a trend of strong sales-tax receipts in the state.

“Growth in sales-tax receipts was led by the construction, retail trade and restaurant sectors,” Combs said. “State sales-tax revenue has now increased for 34 consecutive months."

Henderson County’s second largest municipality, Gun Barrel City, also had a strong February. The city is receiving a $306,735.77 allocation, representing a 4.62-percent jump from 2012. Eleven of Henderson County’s 16 municipalities showed gains in February.

The sales-tax figures represent December sales reported by monthly tax filers, as well as sales by businesses that report taxes on a quarterly or annual basis.

The following is a list of Henderson County municipalities, their February, 2013 allocations, the 2012 allocations and the percent of change.

•  Athens  — 530,131.67 — 479,803.42 — (10.48 percent)

• Berryville —  1,079.16 — 1,052.83 —    (2.50 percent)   

• Brownsboro — 11,525.43 — 18,073.95 — (-36.23 percent)   

• Caney City —    5,080.47 — 5,394.21 — (-5.81 percent)   

• Chandler — 46,602.89 —    46,875.39 — (-0.58 percent)   

• Coffee City —    40,451.48 — 3,766.08 — (193.84 percent)   

• Eustace — 7,608.20 — 6,842.70 — (11.18 percent)   

• Gun Barrel City — 306,735.77 — 293,163.59 — (4.62 percent)   

• Log Cabin — 2,134.70 — 1,915.65  — (11.43 percent)   

• Malakoff — 29,873.83 — 29,105.05 — (2.64 percent)   

• Murchison — 4,577.98 —    3,416.52 — (33.99 percent)   

• Payne Springs — 8,290.40 — 7,356.37 — (12.69 percent)   

• Poynor — 412.97 — 1,434.35  — (-71.20 percent)   

• Seven Points — 40,680.55 — 38,323.10 —    (6.15 percent)   

• Tool —    5,400.93 — 6,130.81 — (-11.90 percent)   

• Trinidad — 12,259.78 — 8,862.73 — (38.32 percent)   

• County Total — 1,052,846.21 — 961,516.75 — (9.49 percent)