Sales tax allocations improved for Gonzales County municipalities this month as each of the four cities which collect sales tax saw an increase.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced last week he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $925.1 million in local sales tax allocations for September, 20.9 percent more than in September 2020.
These allocations are based on sales made in July by businesses that report tax monthly.
For the month of September 2021, Gonzales County municipalities received a combined $245,664.07 in sales tax allocations, up $15,098.95 or 6.55 percent from the $230,565.12 received during September 2020.
Overall for the year, sales tax allocations are down from the $2,362,628.76 collected in the first nine months of 2020 to the $2,218,575.18 collected so far in 2021, a decrease of $144,053.58 or 6.1 percent.
Sales tax allocations for Gonzales, the largest city in the county which generates the lion’s share of sales tax revenue, was up 4.72 percent from $198,942.72 for September 2020 to $208,346.90 for this month. For the year, however, allocations are down 8.04 percent as Gonzales has only collected $1,879,623.99 for all of 2021, compared to $2,044,079.94 through this point last year.
Sales tax receipts for Nixon were up 14.77 percent for September from $25,533.89 allocated in September 2020 to $29,30719 allocated for this month. For the year, sales tax receipts are up 0.41 percent from $253,883.02 in 2020 to $254,930.93 this year.
Waelder saw sales tax receipts of $5,888.03 this month, an increase of 38.25 percent above last September’s allocation of $4,258.91. For the year, Waelder is up 24.35 percent from $46,891.98 in 2020 to $58,311.65 this year.
Finally, Smiley’s sales tax receipts were up 15.97 percent from $1,829.60 in September 2020 to $2,121.95 this month. For the year, Smiley has seen sales tax allocations grow by 44.64 percent from $17,773.82 at this point last year to $25,708.61 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 sale tax.