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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 4:08 pm

The majority of Central Texas cities experienced gains in sales tax allocations in March compared to the same month last year. Killeen did not.

The largest Central Texas city lagged by about $9,000 when comparing March 2013 to March 2014’s allocation figures, a drop of about 0.64 percent, according to the the state comptroller’s office.

Killeen has not experienced positive gains in the monthly comparison since October, but the city still will receive $1.4 million from the allocations this year. Allocation figures are based on January sales, which were paid to state in February and distributed to the cities this month.

Sales tax revenue in February for the state was $2.2 billion, up 5.8 percent compared to February 2013, stated a release from the comptroller’s office.

“Sales tax revenue continues its growth streak and has now increased for 47 consecutive months,” said Susan Combs, Texas comptroller. “Growth in tax collections was seen across all major economic sectors.”

The largest percentage gains for sales tax dollar allocations in Central Texas were reported to Harker Heights, 15.3 percent; Gatesville, 14.9 percent; Salado, 14.7 percent; and Temple, 13.9 percent. For Temple, the increase meant an additional $175,000 compared to last year, and allowed the city to surpass Killeen’s revenue garnered from the tax by about $7,000. Temple’s allocation was $1.43 million for March. In a calendar-year-to-date comparison, several cities still lagged behind on sales tax dollars.

Harker Heights and Nolanville experienced the largest gains comparing the two periods. As of March, Harker Heights will have received $232,000, 17.9 percent more than last year. Nolanville will have received about $10,600, 19.6 percent more than last year.

Experiencing the most losses in the year-to-date comparison were Kempner, Salado and Killeen. Kempner was down 15.9 percent, a $5,700 difference. Salado was down 4.9 percent, a $4,800 difference. And Killeen was down by 4.1 percent, a $210,000 difference.

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