May Sales Tax

Only a few of Rusk County towns saw increases for the month and year in rebates sent out in May by the Texas Comptroller and a couple towns had a decreases. 

Henderson’s May rebate of $56,727 was down by a more than $28,000 or 4.8 percent from a year ago. So far in 2019, Henderson’s total rebate of $2,400,491 surpasses 2018 by 0.6 percent.

Some other taxing entities — in Rusk County and elsewhere in East Texas — are seeing improvements during May.

Rusk County was down for the month of May bringing in $649,708 bringing in $20,481 less than a year ago and for the year is up by more than $16K bringing in $2,720,205.  

Tatum had the largest increase in Rusk County for May of 27.2 percent above 2018, collecting $38,423 for the month. Tatum for the year is 10.6 percent below 2018 at $112,061.

Reklaw once again saw an increase for the month at 16.3 percent, collecting $931 for May. For the year, Reklaw has now received $5,784 or 134 percent above 2018.

In 2019, Overton has collected $143,888 in rebates, an increase of 9.2 percent over last year. For the month, Overton brought in $29,514, a 2.1 percent increase over a year ago last year.

Mount Enterprise had the largest decrease in Rusk County for the month, receiving $14,113 from the comptroller, a 5.1 percent decrease from a year ago. For the year, Mount Enterprise is down at $57,980, a 1.8 percent or $1,052 less than 2018.

Kilgore saw its rebate for the year climb 8 percent to more than $4.3 million, the city to had a decrease of 1.2 percent in May alone. 

Carthage saw improvement in May, receiving $486,469 or 7.8 percent more than this time a year ago. Carthage’s year-to-date returns in 2019 have now surpassed the same period during the previous year by 22.8 percent.

Other East Texas towns of similar size as Henderson saw improvements in May.

Jacksonville, Athens and Mount Pleasant were all up for May while Sulphur Springs was down 2 percent.

Other East Texas cities saw increases and decreases as well. 

Longview received $3.3 million in May, an increase of 13.3 percent compared to a year ago. So far in 2019, Longview has received rebates totaling $14.3 million, which is above by 5.9 percent from the same period in 2018.

Tyler saw its rebate decrease in May, down 1.1 percent to $4 million. So far in 2019, Tyler has collected $19.2 million, an increase of 5.8 percent.

The comptroller’s office returned rebates in May totaling $560.6 million a 0.5 percent increase to cities, counties and other taxing entities. For 2019, the comptroller’s office returned rebates totaled $2.6 billion, a 4.1 percent increase over 2018.

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