By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
May produced a 4.21 percent decrease in sales tax collections for San Benito after the city generated a 4.62 percent increase in April.
According to the Texas Comptroller’s Office, San Benito collected $290,956.98 in May, which is less than the $303,763.30 reported at the same time last year. Year-to-date, the city has collected 1.17 percent less ($2,282,595.25) than what was reported ($2,309,759.80) in 2013.
Other Cameron County communities that experienced a decline in sales tax receipts this May were Combes (19.89 percent), Harlingen (5.70 percent), Primera (6.06 percent), Rancho Viejo (8.40 percent) and Rio Hondo (9.21 percent).
Cameron County cities that reported increases in sales tax collections this May were Bayview (43.10 percent), Brownsville (3.32 percent), La Feria (15.55 percent), Laguna Vista (1.58 percent), Los Fresnos (21.33 percent), Los Indios (70.68 percent), Palm Valley (5.71 percent), Port Isabel (2.57 percent), Santa Rosa (0.83 percent) and South Padre Island (12.28 percent).
Cities in Cameron County with the largest sales tax collection increases year-to-date are Los Fresnos (27.53 percent) and Los Indios (24.76 percent).
Sales tax collections for Cameron County communities – collectively – in May produced a 0.61 percent increase with $5,081,677.93 reported in 2014 compared to the $5,050,718.39 reported the prior year.
Year-to-date sales tax collections for Cameron County cities – collectively – show an increase of 3.80 percent while Hidalgo County has experienced a 4.96 increase.