Sales tax news continues to be good for Pearland

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Pearland is set to collect nearly $2.26 million for the most recent reported sales month, up almost 4 and a half percent from the same period a year ago.

Recently released numbers from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts are based on sales during May by businesses that report taxes monthly.

From January to May, Pearland has collected $17.32 million in sales tax reimbursements from the state, up 5.6 percent from the same period in 2015, the report shows.

According to the city’s budget documents, sales tax revenues are estimated to make up nearly $31 million of the $309 million in expected revenues.

Elsewhere in the county, the news is also good for Manvel. The city is set to collect $179,559 for May, up more than 16 percent from the same month in 2015.

Brookside Village during May experienced a nearly 40 percent drop in sales tax collections for May, a figure not representative of its more than 23 percent increase in year-to-date sales tax collections in 2016. Overall in Brazoria County, only Brazoria and West Columbia are experiencing drops in year-to-date sales tax collections in 2016 from the year prior.

Among cities within Brazoria County, the largest gain in sales tax revenue, according to the Comptroller’s office, is Oyster Creek, showing a nearly 288 percent increase over last year’s numbers, with $461,000 in collections for January through May for 2016.

Statewide, sales tax returns to cities for the month of May are an average of 2.3 percent higher than one year ago.

Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin enjoyed noticeable increases, according to a statement from the Comptroller’s office, while energy-centric Houston suffered drops in sales tax allocations.

Story by Nicole Jones

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