Edinburg saw a nearly 10 percent decline in state sales tax revenues for the month of February compared to 2009, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced last week.
Combs made the announcement not just for Edinburg but for all Texas cities and counties upon releasing $404 million in state sales tax revenues to local governments last week. Tax allocations in local governments statewide are down 6.7 percent this month compared to March 2009, according to the comptroller.
“After eight straight months of double digit declines, sales tax losses have begun to moderate,” Combs said in a statement. “Sales tax revenue continues to be down in major sectors such as retail, oil and gas production and construction. However, there was a slight uptick in the manufacturing sector. We will keep monitoring the revenue, and as we have recently noted we expect further declines in the near term before a return to sales tax revenue growth later this year.”
Edinburg received an estimated $1.1 million in sales tax revenues from the state compared to the $1.2 million it received the same time last year, a 9.7 percent drop-off. State sales tax revenue for February and March payments made to local governments represent sales that occurred in January.
The city has collected about $3.7 million in total sales tax from the comptroller for the first two months of the year, which amounts to about an 8 percent decline in revenue over the same period in 2009.
“It does affect the community because a lot of the money that the city gets is in sales tax revenues,” said Pedro Salazar, executive director or Edinburg’s Economic Development Corporation. “It’s money that goes to streets and parks.”
Combs will send March sales tax payments of $271.3 million to Texas cities, down 6.8 percent compared to March 2009. Texas counties will receive sales tax payments of $24.4 million, down 11.2 percent compared to one year ago.
The 166 special purpose taxing districts around the state will get $15.8 million in sales tax revenue, down 8.4 percent compared to last March. Ten local transit systems will receive $92.7 million, down 4.7 percent.