Comptroller Susan Combs Delivers $417 Million in December Sales Tax Allocations to Local Governments

susan-combs2(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today said the state collected $1.70 billion in sales tax in November, down 14.4 percent compared to November 2008.

“Sales tax collections, declining since February 2009, continued to be weak in November,” Combs said.  “Compared to a year ago, sales tax collections were down across all major sectors of the Texas economy, including oil and natural gas production, construction, manufacturing and retail trade.”

The Comptroller sent cities, counties, special purpose districts and transit systems $417.1 million in December sales tax allocations, down 14.6 percent compared to last December. The final sales tax allocation of 2009 brings local sales tax revenue for the year to $5.6 billion, 5.1 percent less than in 2008.

Combs sent Texas cities December sales tax allocations of $279.6 million, down 14.9 percent compared to December 2008.  Counties’ December sales tax allocations totaled $24.6 million, down 20.2 percent compared to December 2008.

Ten local transit systems received December sales tax allocations of $96.5 million, a 12.1 percent decline compared to December 2008.  December sales tax allocations of $16.3 million went to 163 special purpose taxing districts, a decrease of 15.4 percent compared to last December.

November state sales tax collections and December sales tax allocations to local governments represent sales that occurred in October.

For details of December sales tax payments to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales and Use Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports on the Comptroller’s Web site at

The next local sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, Jan.8.


  1. Sonny, I don’t agree with your last statement. Obama wouldn’t want to kill all the liberals in Austin and elsewhere around our state. The Texas liberals try to whip us Christians and conservatives back in line. Ha, fat chance! Texas supplies too many taxes to the socialist government machine of the U.S. They need us. We are the second most populated state and that means dollar signs to socialists. We have a bunch of worker bees and worker ants here and they like that too.

  2. Sonny who do you think would fly those planes that Obama would bomb Texas with?
    Do you believe American Military personnel would follow orders from THIS COMMANDEER and THIEF to bomb Patriotic Americans exercising their RIGHT to FREEDOM?

  3. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today said the state collected $1.70 billion in sales tax in November, down 14.4 percent compared to November 2008.

    Revenue DOWN 14.4 %

    When will we get the MESSAGE.
    WASHINGTON DC is responsible for the decline…………………………………they created the economic climate that produced this mess.
    One of those people responsible wants to come HOME to Texas and be Governor.
    I have a MUCH BETTER idea.
    Let’s keep TEXAS TEXAS and send anything from Washington Back to WASHINGTON.

    The TIME has come for the NEW REPUBLIC OF TEXAS.
    BTW…………………………………….That new REPUBLIC will need new leaders.
    Since several in AUSTIN like Washington’s Idea’s they should go also.

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