Once again, Kilgore’s sales tax check from the Texas Comptroller’s office is ‘flat’ compared to the same month in 2018 – at $826,518, it shows an increase of just less than two percent compared to last July.
Notably, the figure also includes a $23,000 audit collection, money held back by the state in a previous month and added into July’s allocation.
All those numbers aside, the big picture, Kilgore City Manager Josh Selleck says, is that the municipality’s collections are holding steady.
It’s good news.
Taking out the audit adjustment, the amended allocation is slightly less than the $810,857.69 the City of Kilgore received from the state 12 months ago. July allocations are based on sales made in May by businesses that report tax monthly.
It’s by no means a worrisome figure.
“That’s basically flat in our world,” Selleck said this week. “It’s about the same thing we saw last month. Last month we were down somewhat.
“We don’t get overly excited about small differences that are month by month. We look at the overall trend.”
The current leveling was inevitable.
“Overall, the trend is that the increases in sales taxes have slackened off. We’ve got four months that are basically flat, actually … since April.”
The lack of apparent growth – comparing the recent raw numbers to the same months in 2018 – indicates the numbers are a more accurate representation of Kilgore’s base as opposed to reflecting month after month after month of recovery since the economic downturn.
The same months in 2018, Selleck added, showed increases compared to 2017n which was up from the year before. July 2019 compared to 2016 shows an increase of about 80 percent.
He’s happy with the month’s check: “It’s a substantial increase over the downturn.”
On Wednesday, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced his office is sending taxing entities across the state $764.3 million in local sales tax allocations this month, a slight 0.7 increase compared to the same month last year.
In Kilgore, City Hall collects two-thirds of the monthly sales tax allocations. The remainder benefits Kilgore Economic Development Corporation.
From the city’s numbers, adding the latest sales tax allocation puts the community at just less than 100 percent of the anticipated $6.1 million for the October through September fiscal year – with two months more allocations still ahead in FY19.