By Valerie Reddell
Cities within Tyler County recently made their final deposits for 2018 for their share of the sales tax collected by the Texas Comptroller's office.
On Dec. 6, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts would received $695.2 million in local sales tax allocations for December, 10.8 percent more than in December 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in October by businesses that report tax monthly.
New businesses opening in the City of Ivanhoe have helped double the sales tax revenue during 2017. The December allocation of $2,533.15 amounts to a 77.37 percent increase from the December 2016 payment of $1,428.12. For 2017, Ivanhoe took in $24,201.80, up 111 percent from 2016's annual total of $11,492.64.
Woodville's December allocation showed a 33 percent gain over the same period last year. Hegar sent $94,543.04 to Woodville this month, up from $71,065.81 last year. That rise helped Woodville finish the year with 3.42 percent growth. The 12-month total was $1,031,355.16, up from $997,155.49 in 2016.
Chester's share of December sales dropped 3.65 percent with $3,377.43 compared to $3,505.68 in December 2016. The annual total of $15,579.31, down slightly from $15,700.94 for 2016.
Colmesneil received $3,377.43 for its December allocation, down 3.65 percent from $3,505.68 distributed in December 2016. Colmesneil finished the year with the 4.67 percent shortfall. The 12 monthly payments totaled $45,977.12, down from $48,231.67 in 2016.
Sales tax revenue for Tyler County rose 7.42 percent with this month's payment of $52,565.45. The county finished the year with a 4.07 percent gain with a tota of $594,554.66.
Other nearby communities' reports showed the following:
Tyler County, $52,565.45;
Polk County, $204,913,63;
Angelina County, $449,685,02; Up 4.74%
Jasper (city), $353,318.49;