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  • Saturday, November 07, 2015
    Sales tax rebates up
    Sales tax rebates rose this month for local entities that assess the tax, figures from the Texas Comptroller’s office show.
     
    Brenham and Burton both saw double-digit increases. Washington County also saw a rise in its rebate.

    Brenham’s payment this month was $579,483, up 11.5 percent from November 2014’s $519,868.
     
    For the year, Brenham has received $5,843,140, up 8 percent from the same period last year ($5,410,022).
     
    Washington County’s payment was $234,610, up 5.7 percent from November last year ($222,029).
     
    The county’s rebates this year total $2,372,843, up 3.6 percent from 2014’s $2,290,576.
     
    Burton received $2,985 this month, up 54.8 percent from a year ago ($1,928).
     
    For 2015, Burton has received $28,030, down 9.6 percent from last year’s $31,007.
     
    Comptroller Glenn Hegar said cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts received $731.7 million in local sales tax allocations for November, 1.2 percent more than in November 2014.
     
    These allocations are based on sales made in September by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in July, August and September by businesses that report tax quarterly.
     
    Hegar also said sales tax revenue for the state in October was $2.28 billion, down 5.4 percent compared to October 2014.
     
    “October state sales tax revenue was depressed, as expected, by declines in spending in oil and natural gas-related sectors,” Hegar said. “Other major sectors of the Texas economy, including construction, information, and services, continued to show growth in tax remittances.”
     
    Statewide, rebates to cities totaled 482 million, up 1.8 percent. Counties received $42.8 million, down 6.9 percent.
     
    Transit systems received $163.9 million in rebates, up 2 percent, while special purpose taxing districts got $43 million, down 0.1 percent.