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AUSTIN - Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said state sales tax revenue in April was $1.8 billion, up 11.4 percent compared to April 2010.

“This is the 13th straight month in which state sales tax revenue has increased,” said Combs.

“Business spending in sectors such as the oil and gas industry helped boost sales tax collections. Tax revenue from retail spending also showed growth.”

Combs distributed $600.1 million in local sales tax allocations on Friday, May 13, up 5.8 percent compared to May 2010. 

So far this calendar year, local sales tax allocations to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts are up 7.1 percent compared to a year ago.

Combs will send May sales tax allocations of $403.4 million to Texas cities, up 4.7 percent compared to May 2010. 

In Ellis County, the city of Waxahachie experienced the most returns, while other nearby cities showed a decrease from previous months.

During the Monday, May 16, Waxahachie council meeting, City Manager Paul Stevens said their hotels had been full two weekends in a row.

“Due to activities at the [Waxahachie] Sports Complex, hundreds of teams have came through and we experienced full capacity at all our hotels,” said Stevens.

In addition, $25.6 million will go to 174 special purpose taxing districts throughout the state, up 13.9 percent compared to last May.  Ten local transit systems will get $133.5 million in sales tax allocations, up 6.4 percent compared to a year ago.

The sales tax allocations to local governments represent March sales reported by monthly tax filers and January, February and March sales reported by quarterly tax filers.

The comptroller’s June sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, June 10.

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