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  • Saturday, May 13, 2017
    Sales tax rebates jump
    The city of Brenham saw a $72,000 jump in its sales tax rebates this month.
     
    Washington County and the city of Burton also saw an increase in their rebates, figures from the state comptroller’s office show.

    Brenham’s May rebate totaled $613,418, up 13.4 percent from a year ago ($540,875).
     
    So far this year, the city has received $2,703,069, a 4.7 percent increase from last year’s $2,582,849 through May.
     
    May’s allocations are based on sales made in March by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in January, February and March by quarterly filers.
     
    Washington County’s rebate this month was $250,406, up 8.1 percent from last year’s $231,610.
     
    Through May, the county has received $1,111,456, up 5 percent from the same period last year ($1,058,513).
     
    Burton’s rebate for May was $7,123, up 45.3 percent from last year’s $4,903. Burton raised its sales tax to 1 1/2 percent after voter approval last year.
     
    Its 2017 payments to date total $28,047, up 69.1 percent from the same period last year ($16,582).
     
    Comptroller Glenn Hegar said cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts received $787.8 million in local sales tax allocations for May, 2.6 percent more than in May 2016.
     
    “The cities of Irving, Round Rock, Dallas, San Antonio and Odessa saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “The cities of McAllen and Sugar Land saw noticeable decreases.”
     
    Rebates to cities totaled $514.7 million, up 1.9 percent. County rebates were $46.5 million, a 4.7 percent increase.
     
    Transit systems received $175.3 million, up 1.7 percent. Special purpose taxing district rebates totaled $51.3 million, up 11.5 percent.

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press