Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 7, 2013

Strong start for 2013

City shows optimism with sales tax allocations in March

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The City of Athens continued its strong start in 2013 sales tax allocations in March, according  to State Comptroller Susan Combs reports Thursday.

Athens will be getting a check for $404,190.66, up 31.92 percent from a weak showing in March, 2012. For the year, Athens’ allocation total of $1,297,422.09 puts the city 15.31 percent ahead of 2012 figures.

Gun Barrel City lagged 3.93 percent behind 2012 in March, with an allotment of $205,962.75. Malakoff showed a 6.06-percent improvement for the month with a $25,557.73 allocation.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said Thursday that state sales-tax revenue in February was $2.08 billion, up 3.7 percent compared to February, 2012.

“Sales-tax revenues continue to grow, but at a more moderate pace compared to recent months,”  Combs said.  “The latest increase was led by receipts from the construction and restaurant sectors. Collections from other major sectors, such as oil and natural gas-related businesses and manufacturing, remain at high levels.”

Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special-purpose taxing districts their March local sales-tax allocations totaling $531.3 million, up 12.2 percent compared to March, 2012.

The total allocation to Henderson County municipalities was $769,120.14 in March, up by 13.40 percent. For the year, the county is 9.72 percent ahead of the 2012 pace.

The following is a list of Henderson County municipalities, the March, 2013 allocation, followed by the March, 2012 allocation, and the percent of change.

• Athens — 404,190.66 — 306,370.73 — (31.92 percent)    

• Berryville — 817.43 — 902.78 —    (-9.45 percent)    

• Brownsboro — 10,131.61 — 10,049.46 — (0.81 percent)   

• Caney City — 3,395.70 — 2,306.72 — (47.20 percent)    

• Chandler     — 34,504.03 — 39,921.86 — (-13.57 percent)    

• Coffee City — 14,886.34 —    10,938.64 — (36.08 percent)    

• Eustace — 4,868.37— 4,185.00 — (16.32 percent)    

• Gun Barrel City — 205,962.75 — 214,400.63 — (-3.93 percent)    

• Log Cabin — 1,831.67 — 1,537.93 — (19.09 percent)    

• Malakoff — 25,557.73 — 24,096.27 — (6.06 percent)    

• Murchison — 2,938.95 — 2,210.12 — (32.97 percent)     • Payne Springs — 6,357.23 — 5,675.74 — (12.00 percent)

• Poynor — 272.39 — 734.14 — (-62.89 percent‚    

• Seven Points — 37,495.93 — 40,624.19 — (-7.70 percent)    

• Tool — 6,321.34 — 5,065.25 — (24.79 percent)    

• Trinidad — 9,588.01 — 9,193.12 — (4.29 percent)    

• County Total — 769,120.14 — 678,212.58 — (13.40 percent)