SALES TAX REPORT: San Benito sees 3 percent spike for second consecutive month

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
Managing Editor
editor@sbnewspaper.com

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For the second consecutive month, San Benito saw positive sales tax gains in the form of a 3.25 percent increase.

According to data reported by the Texas Comptroller’s Office, which tracks and reports sales tax information two months prior, San Benito collected $312,052.90 during the month of July – up from the $302,218.33 reported for the same period last year.

In June, San Benito also reported a small spike as a 3.47 percent rise in sales tax collections was generated during that month, when the city pulled in $346,363.43 worth of receipts compared to the $334,736.21 collected in June 2013.

For the year up to July, San Benito is still 0.19 percent below last year’s sales tax collections – from $2,946,714.34 reported last year to $2,941,011.58 in 2014.

Other Cameron County cities experiencing sales tax surges include: Bayview (51.46 percent, from $349.09 to $528.74); Brownsville (6.38 percent, from $2,709,683.49 to $2,882,758.71); Combes (12.51 percent, from $7,483.97 to $8,420.89); Harlingen (1.19 percent, from $1,697,999.62 to $1,718,360.73); La Feria (10.99 percent, from $84,362.50 to $93,634.23); Los Fresnos (15.03 percent, from $55,369.63 to $63,692.56); Los Indios (118.17 percent, from $2,872.42 to $6,266.77); Port Isabel (2.77 percent, from $225,976.59 to $232,244.39); Primera (3.71 percent, $9,936.32 to $10,305.57); Rio Hondo (28.06 percent, $14,200.35 to $18,186.07); and South Padre Island (3.24 percent, from $467,989.26 to $483,156.32).

Cities in Cameron that experienced declines in sales tax collections are as follows: Laguna Vista (11.46 percent, from $15,433.94 to $13,663.96); Palm Valley (8.65 percent, from $4,306.82 to $3,933.90); Rancho Viejo (15.55 percent, from $6,503.39 to $5,491.97); and Santa Rosa (4.37 percent, from $5,555.27 to $5,312.42).

Cameron County cities collectively gained in sales tax receipts by 4.41 percent – from $5,610,240.91 to $5,858,010.13 total. The county is also experiencing a year-to-date increase of 3.33 percent – from $49,852,253.27 to $51,515,136.92.

By comparison, neighboring Hidalgo County reported a 3.20 percent increase in July sales tax collections – from $11,102,562.93 to $11,457,883.09. Hidalgo County has also reported a 4.39 percent rise in year-to-date collections – from $106,416,891.43 to $111,091,398.99.

 

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