Athens Review, Athens, Texas

September 13, 2013

Sales tax allocations increase

Totals down for month, but up for year

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — As the fiscal year nears an end, Athens is holding on to its increase in sales-tax revenue over last year.

The city’s sales-tax allocation from State Comptroller Susan Combs’ office was down by more than $13,400 in September, a 3.56 percent drop, but remains almost $190,000 above the calendar year-to-date total of 2012.

Combs’ office reports that the state was 2.8 percent above 2012 in its September allocation. Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special-purpose taxing districts their  local sales-tax allocations totaling $575 million for September.

“For the recently-ended fiscal year, state sales-tax revenue totaled $25.8 billion, an increase of 7.2 percent from fiscal 2012,” Combs said.

Henderson County’s second largest city, Gun Barrel City, remains relatively flat for the year after a dip of about $2,300 in September. The year-to-date totals show GBC 1.25 percent above 2012.

The year continues to be productive for the county’s third largest municipality. Chandler had an increase of 44.50 percent in September and is 15.54 percent ahead of last year’s pace.

The following is a list of Henderson County municipalities collecting sales tax, followed by the September, 2013 allocation, the September, 2012 allocation and the percent of change:

• Athens — 362,427.87 — 375,838.42 — (-3.56 percent)

• Berryville — 1,031.08 —1,185.03 — (-12.99 percent)   

• Brownsboro — 12,190.65 — 9,251.70 — (31.76 percent)

• Caney City — 3,127.89 — 5,439.82 — (-42.50 percent)

• Chandler — 51,758.49 — 35,818.93 — (44.50 percent)

• Coffee City — 17,325.47 — 31,196.80 — (-44.46 percent)   

• Eustace — 5,205.55 — 4,380.15 — (18.84 percent)   

• Gun Barrel City — 253,222.89 — 255,537.01 — (-0.90 percent)

• Log Cabin — 3,459.85 — 4,975.35  — (-30.46 percent)   

• Malakoff — 23,335.90 — 29,019.23 — (-19.58 percent)   

• Murchison — 4,548.30 — 3,348.08 — (35.84 percent)

• Payne Springs — 8,578.45 —10,213.93 — (-16.01)   

• Poynor — 251.24 — 60.28 — (316.78 percent)   

• Seven Points — 42,383.45 — 39,476.45  — (7.36 percent)   

• Tool — 7,302.21 — 7,266.84 — (0.48 percent)   

• Trinidad — 8,080.35 — 5,792.17 — (39.50 percent)

• County total — 803,614.48 — 819,253.84  — (-1.90 percent)