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  • Saturday, January 14, 2017
    Sales tax rebates rise
    Governmental entities in Washington County that collect sales taxes saw increases in their refunds this month.
     
    It was the first payment of the calendar year.

    Brenham’s total refund was $512,930, up 7.6 from January 2016’s $476,631.
     
    Washington County received a rebate of $210,290, up 11.4 percent from its January 2016 payment of $188,803.
     
    Burton’s rebate more than doubled, but the city is now assessing a 1.5 percent sales tax that was approved by voters last May.
     
    Burton had been assessing a 1 percent sales tax.
     
    Its rebate this month was $5,722, up 162 percent from the January 2016 refund of $2,181.
     
    Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $647.4 million in local sales tax allocations for January, 4.9 percent more than in January 2016.
     
    These allocations are based on sales made in November by businesses that report tax monthly.
     
    “The cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio continue to see significant increases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “The cities of Houston and Sugar Land saw noticeable decreases in sales tax allocations.”
     
    Rebates to cities totaled $421.4 million, up 4.8 percent from a year earlier. County rebates were $38.5 million, a 3 percent increase.
     
    Transit systems received a total of $146.4 million, up 3.6 percent. Special purpose taxing districts received refunds totaling $41 million, up 4.9 percent.

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press