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Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 9:39 am

Most Central Texas cities experienced greater percentage gains in sales tax revenue in November than the rest of the state, but a few saw losses.

Texas sales tax revenue in November was $2.41 billion, up 2.8 percent compared to the same month last year, State Comptroller Susan Combs said Wednesday in a news release.

“State sales tax revenue continues to grow at a moderate pace as expected,” Combs said. “Sales tax collections have increased for 44 consecutive months.

Revenue from sectors such as wholesale trade, services industries and restaurants contributed to the most recent increase.”

Several of Central Texas’ smaller cities realized the greatest percentage gains in a November 2012 to November 2013 comparison.

Nolanville saw the largest gain, 56.27 percent, but the city only received about $6,200 more than November 2012. Lampasas experienced similar high percentage differences, 22.45 percent. The figure was $23,000 more than November 2012. Florence received a 19.13 percent increase or about $2,500.

Salado, Kempner, Copperas Cove and Killeen all experienced decreases in sales tax revenue comparing 2013 to 2012. Salado’s revenues were down about $5,000, or 15.81 percent. Kempner’s sales taxes decreased by about $1,000 or 10.55 percent. Copperas Cove revenues fell about $17,000, or 5.43 percent, and Killeen’s sales tax rebates were about $9,000, down 0.58 percent.

Only two Central Texas cities experienced decreases in sales tax revenues in a year-to-date comparison — Harker Heights and Salado.

Salado is down about $14,000, or 3.65 percent, and Harker Heights is down about $178,000, or 3.24 percent, behind its 2012 year-to-date figures.

Temple experienced the largest revenue increase in a year-to-date comparison at about a $1.04 million increase, 6.02 percent.

Belton saw revenue gains of about $470,000, or 12.21 percent.

Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their December local sales tax allocations totaling $579.6 million, up 5 percent compared to December 2012.

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