Texas collected $1.57 billion in sales tax revenue in June, down 11.2% from June 2008, and distributed $426.7 million to local governments in July.
Comptroller Susan Combs said total collections were down 11.2% from last June. The local government share is 8.8% less than in July 2008, she said.
“The oil and gas, construction, and retail trade sectors showed continued weakness, resulting in a sharp decrease in sales tax collections in June,” Combs said. “Contributing to the decrease was not only the weakness in these three sectors, but also the strong level of collections received from them in June 2008.”
State sales tax collections in June and local sales tax allocations in July represent retail sales that occurred in May.
Sales tax distribution to Texas cities totaled $284.3 million, down 8.8% from July 2008. So far this year, allocations are down 1.6%. Houston received $37.1 million in sales tax revenues in July, bringing the year-to-date total to $295 million. Dallas received $14.9 million in July and $122.4 million for the year.
Texas counties received $26 million in sales tax revenue in July, down 10% from last year. Other allocations include $99.6 million to 10 local transit districts and $16.6 million to 151 special-purpose taxing districts. Texas has no personal income tax.