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  • Saturday, April 09, 2016
    Local sales tax rebates up
    Washington County and the cities of Brenham and Burton all saw increases in their sales tax rebates this month.
    Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $591.4 million in local sales tax allocations for April, 2.6 percent more than in April 2015.

    These allocations are based on sales made in February by businesses that report tax monthly.
    Brenham received $465,921, up 3 percent from April 2015.
    So far this year, Brenham has received rebates totaling $2,041,974, up 0.7 percent from the same period last year ($2,028,446).
    Washington County’s rebate this month was $186,167, up 3.5 percent from a year ago ($179,896).
    For the year, the county has received $826,902, down 1.3 percent from 2015 during the same period ($837,942).
    Burton’s April payment was $2,767, up a whopping 95 percent from a year ago ($1,422).
    Its payments so far this year total $11,679, up 14.4 percent from 2015’s $10,212.
    “The cities of Dallas, Austin, Sugar Land and Fort Worth saw substantial increases in sales tax allocations that helped stop a four-month streak of declining sales tax allocations for the state overall,” Hegar said. “Energy-centric cities such as Houston and Midland continue to see decreases in sales tax allocations.”
    Cities received $387 million, up 3.4 percent from 2015. County payments totaled $35.1 million, down 5.5 percent.
    Transit system payments totaled $134.2 million, up 2.6 percent, while special purpose taxing districts received $35 million, up 2 percent.

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press