Gonzales sees massive jump in sales tax allocations


The city of Gonzales saw a 36.2 percent jump in sales tax allocations in April 2022 compared to the same month last year — a great sign that the local economy continues to grow more than two years after COVID-19 first hit.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he was sendng cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $866.5 million in local sales tax allocations for April, 27.9 percent more than in April 2021. These allocations are based on sales made in February by businesses that report tax monthly.

For the month of April 2022, Gonzales County municipalities received a combined $263,324.78 in sales tax allocations, up $60,813.05 or 30 percent from the $202,511.73 received during April 2021 and up $2,205.46 above the $261,119.32 received last month.

For the year, Gonzales County cities have received a combined $1,154,184.04, up $236,765.85 or 25.8 percent from the $917,418.19 received through this point in time last year.

Sales tax allocations for Gonzales, the largest city in the county which generates the lion’s share of sales tax revenue, were $231,687.01 — up $61,580.78 or 36.2 percent above the $170,106.23 received last April.

It was March 2020 when COVID-19 started to force shuttering of businesses and implementation of mandates designed to battle the pandemic.

For the year, Gonzales has received $1,005,22.26, an increase of $227,956.68, or 29.32 percent, above the $777,265.58 the city received through this point last year.

Sales tax receipts for Nixon were $24,605.76 for April 2022, up $1,827.19, or 8.02 percent, above the $22,778.57 allocated in April 2021. For the year, sales tax allocations are up $8,941.35 or 8.48 percent with Nixon receiving $114,263.53 through four months of 2022, compared to $105,322.18 for the same period last year.

Waelder saw sales tax receipts of $5,407.47 this month, a decrease of $242.08 or 4.28 percent below last April’s allocation of $5,649.55. For the year, the sales tax allocation remains up 12.92 percent or $2,847.17, from $22,020.22 received through the first four months of 2021 to the $24,867.39 received through the same period this year.

Finally, Smiley’s sales tax receipts were $1,624.54 this month, a decrease of 59.15 percent below last April’s allocation of $3,977.38, a difference of $2,352.84. For the year, sales tax allocations are down 

23.25 percent from $12,810.21 at this point last year to $9,830.86 this year.

Two cities in Gonzales County — Gonzales and Nixon — collect a 1.5 percent sales tax rate, while Smiley and Waelder collect a 1 percent sales tax.