Sales taxes drop slightly

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, March 16, 2019

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When initially seeing the March disbursement from the Texas Comptroller and a 10 percent decrease in sales collections, Decatur City Manager Brett Shannon had to go back to his files to review last year’s report.

Immediately, he recalled the $46,406 surprise in audit collections the city received in March 2018 on top of the January sales taxes that are part of the month’s disbursement.

“When you take that out, you have a 4 percent increase,” Shannon explained.

Off its 1.5-cent of levy, Decatur brought in $307,754 off January sales. The month does not include any quarterly or yearly filers.

Decatur’s February disbursement with December sales, the final quarter and annual filers was $419,708.

For the year without the nearly $250,000 in audit collections the city received in the first three months of 2018, Decatur’s sales tax receipts are down 15.57 percent to $1.094 million from $1.296 million.

Bridgeport’s collections dropped 7.3 percent from $166,062 in January 2018 to $154,298 this year. The city’s disbursements are 11.16 percent ahead of the first three months of last year at $543,910. Bridgeport’s disbursement in February was $213,263.

Rhome saw a big jump in January, bringing in $66,853 – a 44.84 increase from the $46,156 in January 2018.

Alvord, Aurora, Chico, Lake Bridgeport, New Fairview and Paradise also experienced double-digit increases in sales tax collections in January from the same month the year before.

Off its half-cent of sales tax, Wise County hauled in $315,679 in January. That was 2.53 percent behind January 2018. The county’s disbursements for the first three months of 2019 are 9.72 ahead of the previous year at $1.078 million.

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