When the Texas Comptroller’s Office released the most recent sales tax data Wednesday, there was little special about it, save for the revenue reported for Chireno.
Revenue for the Home of the Owls exploded, jumping more than 1,400% over what was paid out last December, bumping the town’s annual income up more than 150%.
This month, the comptroller’s office cut Chireno a check for $40,125.31 as compared to the $2,621 paid out in December 2018. For the year, Chireno’s sales tax allocations are up 153.64%, from $31,340.49 paid out thus far last year to $79,492.62 paid out so far this year.
While the city coffers have swollen, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll stay that way, said Texas Comptroller’s Office spokesman Kevin Lyons.
Lyons said the oversized check cut to Chireno this month reflected two months of sales tax revenue from a single direct payer from June and July of this year.
“These are usually huge companies,” said Lyons, who explained he could not release the name of the company. “It’s like two months worth of business.”
Direct tax payers — true to their names — pay sales tax directly to the government, which in turn pays it back to the community where the taxed items are either stored or used.
In this case, the company paid the sales tax, but when the comptroller reached out to make sure the products were used or stored in Chireno, it didn’t respond.
After months of waiting to hear from the company, the comptroller’s office released the funds to the city, Lyons said.
Should the company respond later and claim the taxed items were neither stored nor used in Chireno, the city will have to pay back whatever portion of the taxes is appropriate, Lyons said.
“This happens all the time,” he said.
The city was made aware of the issue, and it’s up to them to budget accordingly, Lyons said.
There is no particular time frame in which the company must respond to the comptroller to have the money redistributed, he said.
Elsewhere in the counts, sales tax revenue fluctuated some, though nowhere nearly as much as in Chireno.
Appleby’s revenue for the month was down a little more than 14%, dipping from $2,475.62 reported in December 2018 to $2,123.16 reported this month.
So far this year, Appleby’s annual revenue has totaled $32,235.36 as compared to $34,686.45 — a decrease of 7.06%.
In Cushing, monthly revenue is down 1.25%, from $5,412.87 in Dec. 2018 to $5,345.07 this month. Annual revenue is up 7.16% from $63,773.53 last year to $68,340.38 in 2019.
Garrison’s revenue was up by more than 15% for both the month and year. In Dec. 2018, the comptroller’s check was $5,775.82. This month, it totaled $6,691.90.
On the year, revenue in the Bulldogs’ hometown was up almost 16%, from $61,100.72 to $70,861.11.
Revenue in Nacogdoches was up for both the month and the year, though only slightly. This month’s revenue totaled $564,533.35, up 6.52% from the Dec. 2018 revenue of $529,947.92. On the year, revenue in Nacogdoches is up 2.46% from $6.36 million in 2018 to $6.51 million.