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  • Saturday, October 15, 2016
    Local sales tax rebates jump
    Sales tax rebates to Brenham, Burton and Washington County this month were all higher than a year ago.
     
    Each saw healthy increases in their October payments from the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

    Brenham’s payment was $493,799, up 4.5 percent from October 2015’s rebate of $463,798.
     
    For 2016, Brenham has received $5,112,891, down 2.9 percent from last year’s $5,263,657.
     
    Washington County’s October rebate totaled $193,526, a 2.6 percent increase from a year ago ($188,634).
     
    The county’s payments for the year total $2,070,946, down 3.1 percent from 2015’s $2,138,033.
     
    Burton’s October rebate more than doubled the amount it received last year — $3,919 this month, compared to $1,870 for October 2015, an increase of 109.6 percent.
     
    Its year-to-date payments total $32,199, up 28.6 percent from the same period last year ($25,044).
     
    Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $650 million in local sales tax rebates for October, 5.5 percent more October 2015.
     
    These allocations are based on sales made in August by businesses that report tax monthly.
     
    “The cities of San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and McKinney saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “The cities of Houston and Midland saw significant decreases in sales tax allocations.”
     
    Cities received $425.5 million, up 5.4 percent. County payments totaled $38.1 million, a 1.6 percent increase.
     
    Transit system payments were $145.8 million, up 5.5 percent. Rebates to special purpose taxing districts totaled $40.6 million, up 9.8 percent.

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press