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Local cities show slump in sales tax

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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 4:30 am

Total sales tax allocations issued from the state comptroller’s office increased in January compared to this time last year; however, the majority of larger Central Texas cities experienced declines.

State sales tax revenue reported in December was $2.25 billion, up 3.9 percent compared to December 2012, said Comptroller Susan Combs.

Killeen, Temple, Copperas Cove and Belton revenues declined between 2.9 percent and 10 percent when compared to the previous year, according to information from the state office.

Of the four cities, Killeen had the largest decline in revenue, about $134,000, while Belton experienced about $26,000 less than January 2013.

Harker Heights had the area’s largest percentage increase, 25.38 percent. The city had a gain of about $94,000 in revenue from last January.

“I think the big thing is in 2012 and getting to the middle to the latter part of the year, we had everyone running a little scared with the economy being down,” said Bill Kozlik, Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce president.

This year, more people were a little less conservative because the market seems to be recovering, Kozlik said.

Kozlik also attributed the gains in revenue to Market Heights being a stable development, Christmas sales starting earlier than Thanksgiving, layaway programs and Sam’s Club.

“I would say it is just the addition of Sam’s and other businesses that have come on board and Market Heights,” said Alberta Barrett, Harker Heights finance director, of the city’s gains.

The January allocations are based on November sales that were reported in December.

Checks will be sent to entities on Friday.

“Consumer spending in retail trade contributed to the latest gain in state sales tax collections,” Combs said in a news release. “Other sectors such as telecommunications also contributed to the monthly growth, and state sales tax revenue has now increased for 45 consecutive months.”

City January 2014 January 2013 Percent Change Month to month difference 2014 to date 2013 to date percent change Year to date difference
Belton $314,256.97 $340,573.70 -7.72% -$26,316.73 $314,256.97 $340,573.70 -7.72% -$26,316.73
Copperas Cove $300,528.50 $334,009.24 -10.02% -$33,480.74 $300,528.50 $334,009.24 -10.02% -$33,480.74
Gatesville $139,488.58 $134,837.35 3.44% $4,651.23 $139,488.58 $134,837.35 3.44% $4,651.23
Florence $13,356.75 $11,309.50 18.1% $2,047.25 $13,356.75 $11,309.50 18.1% $2,047.25
Harker Heights $464,242.33 $370,253.83 25.38% $93,988.50 $464,242.33 $370,253.83 25.38% $93,988.50
Kempner $9,664.90 $9,372.45 3.12% $292.45 $9,664.90 $9,372.45 3.12% $292.45
Killeen $1,473,513.54 $1,607,149.32 -8.31% -$133,635.78 $1,473,513.54 $1,607,149.32 -8.31% -$133,635.78
Lampasas $122,933.84 $117,873.27 4.29% $5,060.57 $122,933.84 $117,873.27 4.29% $5,060.57
Nolanville $19,308.27 $16,755.91 15.23% $2,552.36 $19,308.27 $16,755.91 15.23% $2,552.36
Salado $25,963.70 $30,307.07 -14.33% -$4,343.37 $25,963.70 $30,307.07 -14.33% -$4,343.37
Temple $1,419,763.31 $1,462,327.04 -2.91% -$42,563.73 $1,419,763.31 $1,462,327.04 -2.91% -$42,563.73

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