Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 15, 2013

Sales tax allocations up again

Figures show 4.15-percent increase

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The City of Athens continued to see increases in its 2013 sales tax allocations in May according to numbers from Texas Comptroller Susan Combs’ Office.

Athens will receive a check for $468.405.79, an increase of 4.15 percent above the May 2012 payment. The city is now 11.31 percent ahead of 2012 for the year-to-date, thanks to a strong March showing. The city was 31.92 percent above the previous year in March.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said Friday that state sales tax revenue in April was $2.15 billion, up 3.9 percent compared to April 2012.

“Sales tax collections were up in a range of sectors from construction and manufacturing to restaurants,” Combs said. “As expected, the rate of growth in state sales tax revenue is moderating compared to double-digit growth rates we recently experienced.”

Henderson County’s second largest municipality, Gun Barrel City, was down 1.97 percent in May, and is now less than one percent above 2012 for the year. May was a good month for Chandler, with an increase of 16.48 over 2012.

The sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in March, as well as January, February and March sales by businesses that report tax quarterly.

The following is a list of Henderson County municipalities followed by their May allocation, the May 2012 allocation and the percent of change.          

Athens — 468,405.79 — 449,705.76 — (4.15 percent)   

Berryville —     995.98 — 1,165.66 —    (-14.55 percent)   

Brownsboro — 12,239.06 — 23,153.94 — (-47.14 percent)

Caney City — 4,175.61— 6,984.72 — (-40.21 percent)   

Chandler —    57,100.84 — 49,019.76 — (16.48 percent)   

Coffee City — 16,615.21 — 59,594.87 —    (-72.11 percent)   

Eustace — 6,747.66 —    6,734.63 — (0.19 percent)

Gun Barrel City —    310,375.64 — 316,626.44 — (- 1.97 percent)   

Log Cabin — 4,243.59 — 2,253.15 — (88.34 percent)   

Malakoff —    32,090.95 — 36,731.17 — (-12.63 percent)   

Murchison — 4,467.91 — 4,288.44 — (4.18 percent)   

Payne Springs — 8,190.74 —    9,010.21 — (-9.09 percent)

Poynor — 1,008.58 — 1,137.45 — (-11.32 percent)   

Seven Points — 43,673.28 — 39,238.14 — (11.30 percent)   

Tool — 6,617.50 — 6,553.78 — (0.97 percent)   

Trinidad — 9,856.83 — 7,434.79 —     (32.57 percent)   

County Total — 986,805.17 — 1,019,632.91 —     (-3.21 percent)