The City of Carthage saw an 11 percent increase in sales tax disbursements, while other area cities felt smaller drops or modest gains, including a nearly 29 percent increase for the city of Marshall, according to Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
The City of Kilgore saw its sales tax disbursements from the state drop 51.13 percent this month compared with a year ago. Kilgore City Manager Josh Selleck said the one-page comparison, which showed disbursements dropping to $583,873 from $1.19 million a year ago, does not tell the full story.
He said a more detailed description showed a business overpaid $140,000 in sales taxes, along with an $80,000 audit adjustment from the state.
Selleck said the total comes to $812,000.
“That is right in line with our projections. That is why we budget so conservatively,” he said.
The allocations are based on sales made in September by businesses reporting taxes monthly, and sales made in July, August and September by quarterly fillers, Hegar’s office said. He reported that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special-purpose taxing districts $849.6 million in local sales tax allocations for November.
Other cities facing declining allocations this month include Lakeport at 6.86 percent, White Oak at 7.74 percent, Overton at 12.33 percent, Tatum at 9.91 percent and Ore City at 2.25 percent.
Several cities saw gains, including Longview at 2.05 percent, Gladewater at 6.94 percent, Henderson at 3.05 percent and Hallsville at 9.63 percent.
Marshall was the big winner with a 28.97 percent gain over the previous year.
Longview city spokesman Shawn Hara said he was pleased allocations are higher than a year ago.
“I would say overall we’ve had some decent stability over the past couple of years,” he said.
Robert Johnson, executive director of the Gladewater Economic Development Corp. and a board member of the Gladewater Chamber of Commerce, said he also was pleased with his city’s progress.
“These numbers from the Office of the Comptroller reflect the great effort that has gone into economic development initiatives aimed at the recruitment of new businesses and the retention of existing business within the city of Gladewater,” Johnson said in a statement. “We hope to continue this upwards trend in the future by addressing not only business recruitment and retention but also skills development in our city.”
Nov. sales tax proceeds (based on taxes reported in Sept.)
|Cities||November 2019||November 2018||Percent change|
|Longview||$3.25 million||$3.18 million||2.05|
|Tyler||$4.07 million||$3.89 million||4.49|