By Elsa Maxey
Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts are in receipt of their latest sales tax allocations, $600.1 million, from the Texas Comptroller’s Office and overall statewide, they were up 5.8 percent as compared to May 2010. Almost half of the cities in Fort Bend County also received higher state tax allocations over the same month last year. This is where local spending in those communities is showing an upswing and most of those increases are taking place in the smaller cities.
Of the larger ones, only Sugar Land reported an increase over last year’s amount by 3.7 percent. Its net payment was 3,640,920 as compared to $3,510,812 last year in May. Among the others showing varying increases in rebate payments are Simonton, Needville, Fulshear, Beasley, Arcola, Pleak and Kendleton, the latter of which had the largest percent increase reported to be 53.38 percent.
This go-round, Missouri City’s May payment from the state comptroller’s office in comparison to last year shows a 10.29 percent decrease, Rosenberg a 3.99 percent decrease, Stafford a 7.05 percent decrease, and Richmond’s decrease was by 6.2 percent. Of these four cities, only Rosenberg and Stafford show a year-to-date cumulative increase of 3.83 and 1.55 percent, respectively.
For Fort Bend County cities in general, the sales tax allocation in May was down by 1.47 percent over the same month last year; however, cumulative totals between this year and last year show the county at a 2.95 percent increase.