Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said Wednesday that Texas sales tax revenue in October was $2.03 billion, up 8.2 percent from October 2011.

“The state’s growth in sales tax revenue continued to be led by collections from the oil and natural gas-related sectors,” said Combs. “We also saw strong consumer spending drive gains in retail trade and the restaurant sector.”

Combs will send November local sales tax allocations totaling $611.5 million to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, up 5.4 percent since 2011.

Although the state’s numbers are up, the Killeen-Fort Hood area’s numbers are down slightly compared to this time last year. But overall, the area is ahead of where it was last year.

Killeen had a net payment of just more than $1.75 million this period, down 3.14 percent from the same period in 2011. Overall, Killeen is up 7.29 percent for the year with total payments of just more than $18.4 million to date. Harker Heights’ net payment this period was $446,561.16, down 1.56 percent since October 2011. Heights is up 10.62 percent for the year with a total of just more than $5 million. Cove’s net payment went up 5.61 percent to $367,578.67 in October. Cove is up 6.92 percent for the year with total payments to date of just more than $3.5 million.

Contact Mason Lerner at mlerner@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7567

By the numbers: Local sales tax allocations

City Nov. 2012 Nov. 2011 Change 2012 to date 2011 to date Change
Copperas Cove $367,578.67 $348,024.51 5.61% $3,576,552.25 $3,344,793.00 6.92%
Gatesville $139,036.64 $135,220.02 2.82% $1,477,258.73 $1,484849.71 -0.51%
Killeen $1,753,672.13 $1,810,676.98 -3.14% $18,440,359.74 $17,186,246.16 7.29%
Harker Heights $446,561.16 $453,682.84 -1.56% $5,051,375.50 $4,566,363.40 10.62%
Lampasas $106,993.26 $105,670.12 1.25% $1,234,624.90 $1,218,193.45 1.34%
Nolanville $22,590.26 $23,161.02 -2.46% $199,521.35 $195,260.48 2.18%
Salado $32,720.24 $35,250.56 -7.17% $350,367.35 $314,798.15 11.29%
Temple $1,534,806.64 $1,519,727.13 0.99% $15,815,340.64 $15,005,846.05 5.39%
Belton $345,210.50 $325,973.29 5.90% $3,545,906.45 $3,222,636.61 10.03%

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