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  • Saturday, March 11, 2017
    Local sales tax rebates up
    Sales tax rebates to Brenham, Burton and Washington County showed healthy increases this month.
    Brenham received $463,691 from the 1 1/2 percent sales tax it assesses on applicable sales. That’s up 9.2 percent from March 2016’s payment of $442,791.

    For the year, Brenham has received $1,627,922, up 3.3 percent from the same period in 2016 ($1,576,052).
    Washington County’s rebate (the county assesses a half-cent) was $193,463, up 7.3 percent from 2016’s $180,302.
    Burton’s March rebate was $4,302, almost double from the year-earlier payment of $2,206.
    Burton raised its sales tax to 1 1/2 cents after voters approved it last year.
    It has received $16,106 so far this year, an 80.7 increase from 2016 ($8,902).
    Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $619.7 million in local sales tax allocations for March, 5.8 percent more than in March 2016.
    These allocations are based on sales made in January by businesses that report tax monthly.
    “The cities of Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Austin saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “The cities of McAllen and Sugar Land saw noticeable decreases.”
    Rebates to cities totaled $401.1 million, up 5.2 percent. County rebates were $35.9 million, up 0.7 percent.
    Transit systems received $143.6 million in rebates, up 7.2 percent. Special purpose taxing districts got $39 million, up 11.3 percent.

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press