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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced Wednesday he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $585.6 million in local sales tax allocations for March, including more than $1.5 million to Killeen.

The state’s allocations — based on sales made in January by businesses that report tax monthly — represent a 0.7 percent decrease from the allocations distributed in March 2015.

“Energy-centric cities, such as Odessa, Midland, Corpus Christi and Houston, continued to see decreases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “Other areas of the state helped to somewhat offset those losses, as cities such as Austin and Dallas saw moderate increases in allocations.”

Hegar said March 1 that state sales tax revenue in February totaled $2.3 billion, down 6.8 percent compared to February 2015.

“Last month’s decrease in sales tax collections as compared to February 2015 was expected with the continued contraction in both the manufacturing and oil industries,” Hegar said in a news release. “It should be pointed out that in the coming months we expect comparisons to last year’s collections to be more favorable, because collections in the last half of fiscal 2015 didn’t grow as fast the first half.”

Like the state, Killeen saw a decrease in its sales tax allocation, receiving $1.54 million. The allocation represents a 3 percent decrease from March 2015.

According to data from the comptroller’s office, counties across Texas will receive 8 percent less sales tax revenue than they did last year and cities across the state will receive 0.1 percent more than last year.

Bell County

Bell County received $1.26 million in sales tax revenue, a decrease of less than 1 percent from last year.

Unlike Killeen, cities including Belton, Harker Heights and Nolanville received larger allocations than they did last year.

Belton received $354,113, a 3 percent increase, and Harker Heights received $452,333, a 1.3 percent increase from last March.

Nolanville received $20,029, a 4 percent increase, and Salado received $23,609, also a 4 percent increase from last year.

Temple, on the other hand, saw a decrease. The city received a $1.4 million allocation, a 2.7 percent decrease from March 2015.

Coryell County

Unlike Bell County, Coryell County received a larger allocation. The county received $150,176, a 3 percent increase from last March.

Copperas Cove was not as fortunate, receiving $299,474, which represents a 1.92 percent decrease from last year.

Gatesville saw a 5.3 percent increase with an allocation of $138,883.

By the Numbers March 2016 2016 year-to-date 2015 total

Bell County $1.26 million $4.53 million $4.38 million

Killeen $1.54 million $5.39 million $5.35 million

Belton $354,113 $1.2 million $1.19 million

Harker Heights $452,333 $1.68 million $1.69 million

Nolanville $20,029 $64,063 $64,735

Salado $23,609 $95,262 $92,202

Temple $1.42 million $5.19 million $5.10 million

Coryell County $150,176 $532,131 $504,332

Copperas Cove $299,474 $1.04 million $1.06 million

Gatesville $138,883 $500,470 $468,115

Contact Holden Wilen at hwilen@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7463​

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