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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 10:52 am | Updated: 11:27 am, Fri Nov 8, 2013.

Texas sales tax revenue numbers released Wednesday showed statewide totals increased by about 5.4 percent when comparing October 2013 and October 2012.

Several area cities experienced larger gains, but Killeen, Salado and Copperas Cove had decreases.

October sales tax collection brought in about $2.14 billion in revenue, stated a news release from the state comptroller’s office.

“Growth in sales tax revenues was led by collections from the telecommunications sector,” Comptroller Susan Combs said.

The Killeen sales tax allocation for October was the largest in the area about $1.74 million. In October 2012, however, the city got about $1.75 million in sales tax allocations.

Temple, which received the next largest revenue from the tax, got an allocation of $1.68 million for the month, an increase from October 2012’s $1.53 million.

Copperas Cove’s sales tax revenue allocation was about $365,000, down slightly from about $368,000 in 2012.

Salado was allocated about $29,000, which was down from about $33,000. Salado also is showing less sales tax revenue for the year to date. Its allocations for 2013 are about $341,000 while 2012 brought in $350,000.

Harker Heights experienced gains in the month-to-month comparison with October’s allocation about $489,000 and October 2012’s about $447,000.

The city, however, is down in its year-to-date comparison from $5.05 million in 2012 to $4.87 million this year.

Belton saw the largest percent increase. October saw $420,000 compared to October 2012’s $345,210. To date, the city received $3.99 million in sales tax allocations this year, which is up from $3.55 million in 2012.

Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts November local sales tax allocations totaling $654.6 million, up 7 percent compared to November 2012.

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