San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

August 19th, 2009
County holds steady on sales taxes


Sales tax allocations among Hays County cities remain roughly even from a year ago after a slight rally in June.

County cities have collected $16,899,232.59 as of the August 2009 report from the state comptroller’s office, an increase of 0.64 percent from August 2008, when the number came to $16,791,156.72.

The August report reflects June sales, which are reported to the comptroller’s office in July.

In June, county cities brought in $2,302,886.81, up 4.16 percent from the same month in 2008, when the number reached $2,210,836.99.

Kyle, which opened a Kohl’s department store and a Lowe’s home improvement store this year, registered the largest increases. Kyle brought in $293,590.93 in June, up 42.40 percent from $206,161.87 a year earlier. The city’s all-time record for a monthly sales tax allocation is $293,719.67 in the November 2008 report.

San Marcos registered $1,572,711.45 on the August 2009 report, down 0.52 percent from 1,581,004.89 a year earlier. For the year, San Marcos is down 1.98 percent in sales tax receipts, collecting $11,975,864.71 as of the August report. A year earlier, San Marcos had brought in $12,218,571.11.

The drop of $242,706.40 in San Marcos is offset by a gain of $278,196.12 in Kyle as of the August report. For the year, Kyle is up 18.97 percent in sales tax collections, from $1,465,957.60 as of August 2008 to $1,744,153.72 as of August 2009.

San Marcos remains, far and away, the leading sales tax collector in Hays County. Buda is in second place at $2,190,838.46, a 1.23 percent increase from $2,164,096.18 as of August 2008. For the month, Buda realized a 4.09 percent increase over a year ago, improving to $282,171.85 from $271,070.84.

If sales tax collections are an indication, Hays County is running a healthier economy than some other local counties, or Texas as a whole. Williamson County was down 11.61 percent for the month and down 10.51 percent for the year, Travis County was down 5.82 percent for the month and down 9.31 percent for the year, and Comal County was down 0.36 percent for the month and down 1.66 percent for the year.

Caldwell County is having a similar year as Hays County, up 5.18 percent for the month and 0.58 percent for the year.

Statewide, cities generated $367.5 million for the month, down 6.53 percent, and $2.64 billion for the year to date, down 2.33 percent.

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