San Marcos ended its year of sales tax collections inauspiciously in December, receiving its smallest allocation from the state comptroller’s office in 20 months.
The December check punctuated the city’s first yearly sales tax decline since 1987, after which the city added one-half cent to its sales tax rate (increasing it to 1.5 cents).
The comptroller cut the city a check for $1,221,438.38 in December. The last time the city received that little was April 2008, when the check came to $1,196,369.24. The city’s December check is down 5.18 percent from last December’s haul of $1,288,213.72. The average check to San Marcos during the last three years is about $1.5 million.
The monthly sales tax rebate indicates the level of retail and sales activity in a jurisdiction from two months earlier. Thus, the December allocation reflects activity from October. Holiday shopping activity in December shows up on the next February check, which has been the city’s largest every year except once since 1996 (the exception was 2000).
For the year, San Marcos finished with $17,798,267.42 in sales tax collections, down $584,606.71 (3.18 percent) from $18,382,874.13 in 2008, which was the city’s all-time high.
Cities across Hays County experienced a slight drop of 0.94 percent in sales tax collections for 2009, declining from $25.3 million to $25.1 million. Across Texas, cities experienced a 5.09 percent decline in sales tax from 2008, falling from $4.0 billion to $3.8 billion.
New retail openings in Kyle helped keep Hays County tax collections close to even from a year ago. With the openings of Lowe’s and Kohl’s, among other new retailers in Kyle, the city’s sales tax haul jumped 14.49 percent for a new record in 2009, increasing from $2,295,398.68 to $2,628,087.28. However, even Kyle showed a decline in its December check, which dropped 4.75 percent from $202,719.67 in 2008 to $193,085.63 in 2009.
Buda remains the second highest sales tax collector in Hays County, finishing the year at $3,223,015.32, down 0.84 percent from last year’s $3.250.526.51. Buda was running slightly ahead of its 2008 pace until it received its December check, which is down 16.94 percent from December 2009. The city received $239,883.73 this December, compared with $288,812.22 last December.
Across unincorporated Hays County, the December check this year decreased 6.22 percent, falling to $676,258.71 from $721,162.64. For the year, unincorporated Hays County is down 2.89 percent, from $9,758,657.29 to $9,476,550.80. That number declined in unincorporated Hays County for the first time since at least 1988, which is the earliest year for which records are available.
Throughout Texas, unincorporated areas declined 5.21 percent from a year ago, decreasing from $365.8 million to $347.1 million.Email | Print