Two of 3 major Central Texas counties show net loss in sales tax returns

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(KWTX) Two of the three largest counties in Central Texas posted a net loss in state sales tax returns for the just completed period, according to a report from the Texas State Comptroller’s Office.

The comptroller’s report for April 2019 issued last week shows the office returned $53,095,969.20 to entities statewide that collect state sales taxes over the period, a .87 percent increase when compared to April 2018 when returns totaled $52,638,490.50.

The report also shows the state returned $1,893,502.21 to Bell County entities, a 1.34-percent increase over the $1,868,459.39 returned in 2918.

Coryell County accounts suffered a 1.44 percent decrease in returns from $244,090.53 in 2018 to $240,570.59 this year and numbers were off 3.10 percent in McLennan County where the comptroller returned $1,668,585.73 in 2019 and $1,722,103.36 in 2018.

Returns to cities in the region accounted for much larger rebates, but still many lagged behind April 2018 in revenue returned.

The highest rebate check among cities in Bell County went to Killeen where the state returned $2,413,553.11 in sales tax refunds and that accounted for a 2.64 percent increase over last year, the data shows.

Temple came in second at $2,041,257.28 but that number came in 3.51 percent below last year’s rebate for the same period.

The highest percentage increase came in Holland where coffers were boosted by $9,529.57, a 25.78 percent jump over April 2018 and the highest percentage decrease fell on Little River-Academy where the rebate of $8,678.30 represented a 3.72 percent shortfall from last year.

In Coryell County only one city, Oglesby, posted an increase in rebate with $2,219.20, an increase of 27.98 percent.

Total returns to cities in Coryell County amounted to $303,034.27.

In Copperas Cove the $494,238.87 rebate check was 3.20 percent below last year and in Gatesville $193,423.80 posted a decrease over last year of 12.06-percent.

In McLennan County Waco received a check for $3,680,056.22, off 3.76-percent from last year.

Six other cities saw refunds larger than $100,000: Bellmead at $344,843.71; Hewitt at $257,474.93; Lacy Lakeview at $115,632.43; McGregor at 122,400.51; Robinson at $158,953.52 and Woodway at $224,887.46.

McGregor and Robinson showed increases over last year, rebates in Bellmead, Hewitt, Lacy Lakeview and Woodway declined.

Sales tax rebates returned to cities in McLennan County totaled $5,124,497.91.