David Ball – For The Record

Sales tax receipts were up for most entities in Orange County including a big month for Bridge City.

The two largest cities in Jefferson County experienced a modest decrease.

Entity                  Net payment    Comparable payment     % change     2015 payments to     2014 payments to   % change

                           this period        prior year                                            date                           date

Orange County 0.500% 517,941.23 377,053.48 37.36% 3,501,101.95 3,071,094.47 14.00%

Orange 257,472.48 324,417.91 -20.63% 2,536,931.68 2,427,967.31 4.48%

Bridge City 149,779.31 134,931.54 11.00% 1,186,620.62 900,909.78 31.71%

West Orange 96,783.57 116,089.17 -16.62% 770,908.52 738,444.22 4.39%

Pinehurst 59,151.69 62,640.39 -5.56% 418,289.95 458,282.25 -8.72%

Orange Co ESD 3 1.500% 251,351.69 29,347.37 756.47% 465,684.16 260,915.92 78.48%

Jefferson 0.500% 2,460,466.45 2,020,325.67 21.78% 17,671,361.64 15,748,577.23 12.20%

Beaumont 3,569,962.88 3,533,381.22 1.03% 24,777,358.51 25,281,284.02 -1.99%

Port Arthur 1,300,079.01 1,185,790.23 9.63% 9,534,129.37 9,568,786.41 -0.36%

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their August local sales tax allocations totaling $760.2 million, which represents an increase of 7.6 percent compared to August 2014, according to a press release from his office.

Hegar also said today that state sales tax revenue in July was $2.4 billion, up 2.7 percent compared to July 2014.

“July’s modest growth in sales tax revenue is in line with the biennial revenue estimate issued in January,” Hegar said. “Stronger growth in receipts from consumer driven sectors, including retail trade, restaurants and services offset declining receipts from oil and gas-related sectors.”

Local Sales Tax Allocations (August 2015)

Recipient     August 2015 allocations     Change from Aug. 2014     Year-to-date change

Cities               $496.1 million                   Up 7.2 percent                Up 5.1 percent

Counties          $46.2 million                      Up 3.8 percent                Up 3.6 percent

Transit Systems     $171.9 million               Up 9.1 percent                Up 6.3 percent

Special Purpose Taxing District   $45.9 million     Up 9.6 percent     Up 10.6 percent

Total              $760.2 million                    Up 7.6 percent                 Up 5.6 percent