Sales tax drops again in Lindale

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While Lindale’s sales tax receipts remained in the minus column for the fifth straight month, the percentage wasn’t a low as it was in April, according to figures released by Texas Comptroller Glen Hegar.

Local merchants experienced a 2.59 percent drop compared to a year ago, but it wasn’t as large as April’s figure which was 4.21 percent.

Beginning in January, Lindale’s sales tax receipts have slipped into the negative category. January’s figures were minus 2.23 percent, February’s, 2.21 percent and March’s 2.41 percent.

Across the Smith County, Noonday was the highest at plus 20.67 percent, followed by Tyler’s 5.81 percent.

Bullard dropped 6.41 percent and Troup was down 5.91 percent.

Lindale’s numbers were based on sales of $1,191,047.19, compared to $1,222,805.50 from a year ago.

Across the state, Hegar’s office reported sales tax revenue for April was $2.7 billion, which was 13.4 percent higher than April, 2017.

“April state sales tax collections grew significantly across all major economic sectors,” Hegar said. “While the strongest growth was in remittances from oil and gas-related sectors, tax receipts from retail trade and restaurants also grew briskly.”

Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in April 2018 was up 9.8 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Sales tax revenue is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 58 percent of all tax collections.

Revenue from other major taxes on motor vehicle sales and rentals, motor fuel and oil and natural gas production also rose in April 2018:

motor vehicle sales and rental taxes — $293.2 million, up 32.1 percent from April 2017;

-- motor fuel taxes — $322.6 million, up 2.1 percent from April 2017; and

-- oil and natural gas production taxes — $445.2 million, up 56.1 percent from April 2017.

Smith County totals:

ARP: $29,179.23 for 2018; $31,709.19 for 2017, down 7.97 percent

BULLARD: $196,859.24 for 2018; $210,359.06 for 2017, down 6.41 percent

LINDALE: $1,191,047.19 for 2018; $1,222,805.50 for 2017, down 2.59 percent

NEW CHAPEL HILL: $7,065.14 for 2018; $6,823.09 for 2017, up 3.54 percent

NOONDAY: $65,020.20 for 2018; $53,879.18 for 2017, up 20.67 percent

TROUP: $153,644.76 for 2018; $163,299.57 for 2017, down 5.91 percent

TYLER: $18,138,592.75 for 2018; $17,141,792.10 for 2017, up 5.81 percent

WHITEHOUSE: $347,745.32 for 2018; $330,587.22 for 2017, up 5.19 percent

WINONA: $62,380.87 for 2018; $62,476.38 for 2017, down 0.15 percent

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