The aggregate amount of sales tax rebate revenue received by the three local entities, which collect the tax, was up 8.19% the first month of 2021.
Aransas County received 8.62% more and 7.52% more from its half-cent sales tax rebate and half-cent special use sales tax rebate, respectively. The City of Rockport received 6.76% more. The Town of Fulton received 30% more.
Sales tax rebate revenue reflected in this month’s checks is based on sales made in November by businesses that report tax monthly.
The Town of Fulton received a check for $19,246.50 this month, compared to $14,804.55 in January 2020.
The City of Rockport received $218,833.66 this month, compared to $204,976.64 in January 2020.
Aransas County received $137,752.90 this month, compared to $126,816.96 in January 2020.
The county also received a check for $137,135.95 from its half-cent special use sales tax, compared to $127,535 in January 2020.
Money received via the special use sales tax is used to fund health-related expenses such as indigent health care and mosquito control.
Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts received $783.2 million in sales tax allocations, up 2.6%, compared with January 2020.
The comptroller sent $505.6 million in sales tax to Texas cities, up 3.4%, compared to January 2020 payments.
Texas counties received sales tax payments of $46.3 million, down 3%, compared to January 2020 payments.
Special purpose taxing districts received sales tax payments of $64.4 million, up 10.8%, compared to January 2020 payments.