Sales tax rebate checks higher for 4 of 6 Fort Bend cities
By Elsa Maxey
For four of six cities in Fort Bend County, 2014 will have started with bigger sales tax rebate checks than last year.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs released the monthly tax revenue sales data for cities across the state and most cities in Fort Bend show revenue jumps over this same time last year. Combs said “consumer spending in retail trade contributed to the latest gain in state sales tax collections” and that other sectors such as telecommunications also contributed to the monthly growth. Statewide, those local sales tax gains were up 8.1 percent compared to January 2013.
Details of the January sales tax rebates for cities in Fort Bend County show Rosenberg with the greatest percentage increase, 29.58 over last year, and Sugar Land at a gain of 20.07 percent followed by Missouri City, 8.76 percent, and Richmond, 3.39 percent. The City of Stafford and Meadows Place show dips of -5.01 percent and -5.85 percent, respectively over the same reported month last year. Neighboring Houston saw an increase in its sales tax revenue rebate, 6.9 percent over the same time last year. Although primarily in Harris County, a sliver of Houston’s extraterritorial jurisdiction is in Fort Bend County.
Top dollar rebate checks in Fort Bend County will have been sent to the City of Sugar Land for over $3.8 million, Rosenberg for over $1.2 million, and Stafford, albeit with a reported decline, for over $1.1 million (see chart).
The tax rebate checks from Combs’ office are sent to cities and other taxing entities as a percentage of state sales taxes generated in those jurisdictions.
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