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Sales tax rebates to city, county improve
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AUSTIN — State Comptroller Susan Combs’ office has sent out sales tax rebates for June and the figures are looking good once again for the city and county.

The city’s payment this month was $324,157.71, reflecting an increase of 8.83 percent when compared to the $299,210.33 the city received last June.

Since the first of the year, Beeville has collected $2,272,289.81 from Combs’ office. That is 9.18 percent more than the $2,081,079.85 the city received by this time in 2012.

Bee County’s June rebate came to $155,395.13, which is up by 2.98 percent compared to the $150,895.51 the county received in June 2012.

So far this year the county has taken in $1,046,523.27 in rebates from Austin. That is an improvement of 5.41 percent compared to the $992,747.63 the county collected by this time last year.

In all, Combs’ office sent out rebates totalling $556.8 million this month. That is up by 8.3 percent from what was sent to taxing entities last June and 7.2 percent in year-to-date payments.

Most of the sales tax rebates sent out this month, $365.3 million, went to cities. Another $37.1 million went to counties.

“Growth in state sales tax revenue was led by collections from the information services and construction sectors,” the comptroller said. “Restaurants also showed notable growth, while oil and natural gas-related activity remains a major source of strength.”

Texas businesses collect the sales taxes and send them to the comptroller’s office. The portion of the taxes collected for cities, counties, transit systems and special taxing districts is then rebated to those entities.
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