Maintaining its steady march in the plus column, Lindale’s sales tax percentage registered a 6.38 percent increase from this same period in 2016, according to figures released by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s office.
Only three Smith County cities – Arp, Troup and Whitehouse – showed negative percentages when compared to collections from April 2016.
Lindale’s sales for the period totaled $1,222,805.50 compared to $1,149,449.04 from 2016.
New Chapel Hill’s 43.5 percent increase led county entities, while Arp’s 20.7 percent decrease was the lowest.
Tyler’s revenue was 2.87 percent higher than a year ago.
Across the state, cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts will receive $787.8 million in local sales tax allocations for May, 2.6 percent more than in May 2016.
These allocations are based on sales made in March by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in January, February and March by quarterly filers.
“The cities of Irving, Round Rock, Dallas, San Antonio and Odessa saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “The cities of McAllen and Sugar Land saw noticeable decreases.”
For the three-month period ending in April, sales tax revenue was up by 3.3 percent compared with the same period a year ago, Hegar said.
Sales tax revenue is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 58 percent of all tax collections in fiscal 2016. Motor vehicle sales and rental taxes, motor fuel taxes and oil and natural gas production taxes are also large revenue sources for the state.
In April 2017, Texas collected the following revenue from those taxes:
-- motor vehicle sales and rental taxes — $222 million, down 11.2 percent from April 2016;
-- motor fuel taxes — $316.1 million, up 4.4 percent from April 2016; and
-- oil and natural gas production taxes — $285.1 million, up 93.9 percent from April 2016.
The increase is due in part to refunds provided to natural gas severance taxpayers in April 2016, which resulted in artificially low tax collections during that period.
Smith County’s figures are:
ARP: $31,709.19 for 2017; $39,992.48 for 2016, down 20.71 percent
BULLARD: $210,359.06 for 2017; $170,144.90 for 2016, up 23.63 percent
LINDALE: $1,222,805.50 for 2017; $1,149,449.04 for 2016, up 6.38 percent
NEW CHAPEL HILL: $6,823.09 for 2017; $4,753.43 for 2016, up 43.54 percent
NOONDAY: $53,879.18 for 2017; $53,312.47 for 2016, up1.06 percent
TROUP: $163,299.57 for 2017; $166,071.04for 2016, down 1.66 percent
TYLER: $17,141,792.10 for 2017; $16,662,188.68 for 2016, up 2.87 percent
WHITEHOUSE: $330,587.22 for 2017; $334,319.36 for 2016, down 1.11 percent
WINONA: $62,476.38 for 2017; $52,011.41 for 2016, up 20.12 percent.