Longview sees gain in sales
From staff reports
Feb. 8, 2018 at 11:42 p.m.
Updated Feb. 9, 2018 at 9:59 a.m.
Longview and other area cities reported gains Thursday in what is traditionally the most prosperous month for sales taxes.
February tax allocations reflected a 3.3 percent increase in sales rebates in Longview, while receipts increased by double digits in Kilgore, Henderson and Carthage, according to this week's report from the state comptroller's office.
February rebates come from December retail sales.
For Longview, it represents a $3.342 million rebate check — an increase of more than $110,000 from February 2017.
"It's great news to see that sales tax continues to show a positive trend," city spokesman Shawn Hara said. "This month was particular important as it usually is the largest of the year."
Elsewhere, Kilgore rebates increased 16.4 percent, or about $103,000, from the same period a year ago. Henderson notched the largest percentage increase among the area's larger cities, increasing almost 20 percent to $591,877.
The 7 percent increased noticed in Carthage means the Panola County seat receives about $25,000 more than it did in February 2017.
Meanwhile, Gregg County's unincorporated areas registered a 7 percent increase as well, meaning the county's check inched more than $90,000 higher to $1.416 million compared with a year ago.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send the state's cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $911.9 million in local sales tax allocations for February — 6.2 percent more than in February 2017. These allocations are based on sales made in December by businesses that report tax monthly; October, November and December sales by quarterly filers; and 2017 sales by businesses that report tax annually.
February sales tax allocations
|City||Feb. 2018||Feb. 2017||Change|
|Longview||$3.342 million||$3.234 million||3.3%|
|Tyler||$4.441 million||$4.331 million||2.5%|
|Gregg County||$1.417 million||$1.324 million||7.0%|
*Allocations are for receipts from December 2017 sales
Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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