2017-09-12 / Front Page

Sales taxes dip for Lampasas

BY GAIL LOWE
DISPATCH RECORD


Although sales taxes to Kempner took a big hit this month, other neighboring entities recorded double-digit gains in September. The city of San Saba more than doubled its rebate this period and posted a 103 percent increase. 
DISPATCH RECORD GRAPHIC Although sales taxes to Kempner took a big hit this month, other neighboring entities recorded double-digit gains in September. The city of San Saba more than doubled its rebate this period and posted a 103 percent increase. DISPATCH RECORD GRAPHIC The city of Lampasas recorded its first sales tax percentage decline of 2017, as September collections were down 4 percent this period.

September payments are based on sales made in July and reported to the state comptroller’s office in August by businesses that file monthly.

Lampasas garnered a check for $148,379 this month – about $5,400 less than the city took in for September 2016. Year-to-date sales taxes total $1.34 million, or 2 percent ahead of where Lampasas stood last year through three quarters.

By contrast, Lometa posted its best sales tax return of the year as its payment for the period is up 51 percent. With a $9,693 check in September, Lometa shows a current year total of $68,302 -- an 11 percent annual increase thus far.

Sales tax revenues for Kempner have not been so rosy in 2017. After opening the year with four months of gains, Kempner now has posted five consecutive months of double-digit sales tax declines. Its September rebate of $10,042 is down 19 percent from the comparable payment last year.

Kempner shows a nine-month cumulative sales tax total of $98,808, or 5 percent below 2016 levels to this point.

Lampasas County received a sales tax payment this period of $64,847 – up 2 percent for September. The county’s sales tax receipts are running 1 percent ahead of last year’s, with its coffers totaling $588,374 for 2017.

Among cities in the surrounding counties, San Saba clearly was the top sales tax performer this period. It boasts a gain of 103 percent in September, more than doubling the $31,642 tax allocation it earned for the same month last year. With just one quarter of 2017 remaining, San Saba is 28 percent ahead of 2016 sales taxes to date at $409,800 for the year.

Big sales tax gains were recorded this period in Hamilton County. The city of Hamilton was up 26 percent, and Evant was up 20 percent.

Through nine months of 2017, Evant has gained $22,725 in sales tax revenues to give it a 13 percent advantage over 2016. Hamilton shows year-to-date payments of $431,821, which is just $700 or 0.2 percent more than it had earned last year through September.

Coryell County entities also reported solid increases in sales taxes for the month. Gatesville had a September check for $176,735 and an 11 percent gain. On the year, it maintains a 6 percent edge over 2016 with total receipts of $1.57 million.

Copperas Cove posted a 20 percent gain this period. Its $386,596 for September gives the city a nine-month sales tax total of $3.42 million – up almost 8 percent for the year.

Marble Falls remains the only area city without a percentage decline in 2017. Sales taxes there stand at $6.49 million through September for a 9 percent annual gain over 2016. Its $722,366 rebate this month represents an increase of 5 percent.

The city of Burnet had an uncharacteristic dip for the month, as its sales taxes were down 2 percent from September 2016. Burnet remains 7 percent ahead of the pace it set last year, though, as current-year payments total $1.7 million.

And in Mills County, the sales tax allocation this period to Goldthwaite fell just $396 short of what it collected in September last year. Bigger percentage declines in February, March and July, however, have left Goldthwaite trailing 2016 total revenues by 15 percent at $290,225.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said local sales tax distributions across the state were approximately 6 percent more this month than in September 2016.

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