Almost all of the cities in Rockwall County received an early Christmas present as they came to the end of their fiscal years by recording substantial boosts in the amount of sales tax revenue they collected during the past year, according to a report issued Wednesday by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
The report represents each city's portion of sales taxes collected at local businesses in October, which were reported to the Comptroller's office in November. The report was the last to be issued for the 2020/2021 fiscal year.
The Comptroller’s Office tracks 12-month sales totals between Nov. 1 and Oct. 31 annually, while cities track the sales between Oct. 1 and Sept. 30.
• Rockwall reported receiving $2.64 million in sales tax rebates revenue this month, representing a 20.66% gain from December 2020. For the fiscal year, Rockwall took in $32 million, an increase of 22.81%from the same point last year.
• Royse City will receive a sales tax payment of $544,992 this month, representing a 39.62% increase from the $390,320 collected in December of last year. During the past 12 months, Royse City received almost $6 million in sales tax rebate revenue, representing a 27.43% increase above the $4.7 million it collected through the same point one year ago.
• The city of Fate received $156,788 this month, an increase of 52.74% from the $102,648 it collected in December of last year. For the fiscal year, Fate collected $1.78 million, representing an increase of 29.84% from the $1.37 million received one year earlier.
• The city of Heath reported receiving $194,964 this month, which was 5.81% higher than the $184,254 collected in December 2019. For its fiscal year, the city of Heath received $2.3 million, an increase of 14.19% from the $2 million received during the previous fiscal year.
• The city of McLendon-Chisholm received a December sales tax rebate revenue payment of $104,780 from the Comptroller’s Office, which represented a 193.75% increase from the $35,668.79 received in December of last year. The $883,017.45 received for the fiscal year represents an increase of 114.74% from the $411,194.14 taken in during the previous year.
• Mobile City received $7,053 for the month, a decrease of 43.29% from the $12,437 collected in December 2020. For the year, Mobile City received $106,413, a dip of $535, or .45% from the previous fiscal year.
Sales taxes are one of the two main sources of revenue, along with property taxes, which feed a city's general fund.
In a report issued Dec. 1, Hegar said collections from the retail trade sector have remained strong through most of the pandemic.
“Receipts from electronics and appliance stores had the sharpest increase compared to a year ago, while receipts from home improvement and furniture and home furnishing stores, already elevated last year by pandemic-induced shifts in consumer spending, again had double-digit percentage gains from a year ago,” Hegar said. “Receipts from clothing stores and sporting goods stores also had double-digit gains. Growth in spending at online merchandisers slowed in comparison to other sectors but still achieved growth year-over-year.”
Details on the sales tax rebate totals received by cities in December will be included in Comptroller’s report issued in February.