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  • Saturday, August 12, 2017
    Sales tax rebates up and down

    Washington County showed a decline this month in its sales tax revenues, but the city of Brenham saw a slight increase.

    The county’s sales tax rebate for August was $245,210, a 2 percent drop from its August 2016 payment of $250,279.

    So far this year, Washington County has received $1,808,616, up 7.7 percent from the same period last year ($1,679,864).

    Brenham’s August rebate was $595,085, up a modest 0.2 percent from a year earlier ($594,134).

    The city’s payments for the year total $4,357,887, a 5.7 percent increase from the $4,122,469 it received for the same eight-month period of 2016.

    Burton’s sales tax rebates were up a whopping 200 percent, but the month-by-month comparisons don’t take into account that the city raised the tax by a half-cent late last year.

    Its August payment totaled $11,819, up from $3,918 in the same month last year.

    Burton’s year-to-date payments are $49,843, up 95.5 percent from last year’s $25,488.

    Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $779.2 million in local sales tax allocations for August, 1.3 percent more than in August 2016.

    These allocations are based on sales made in June by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in April, May and June by quarterly filers.

    Payments to cities totaled $507 million, up 0.4 percent from last year. County payments were $46.6 million, up 8.6 percent.

    Transit systems received $173.9 million, down 0.3 percent. Sales tax rebates to special taxing districts were $51.7 million, up 10.4 percent.

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press