The windfall of sales tax revenue that flooded the city coffers in Chireno was short lived, according to the most recent figures released by the Texas Comptroller last week.
Overall, sales tax revenue was the same mixed bag as usual, with Appleby, Cushing and Garrison reporting upticks and Nacogdoches reporting a downfall, but Chireno’s reported revenue stood out for the second month in a row.
Chireno will pay back roughly $37,931 in revenue mistakenly paid to the city in December over the next several months by deferring their monthly allocations, so the report released last week showed a 100% decrease in revenue as compared to both the same month in 2018, and the year-to-date.
When the comptroller’s office cut the city a check for $40,125.31 last month, it represented a couple of months of unpaid taxes owed by a direct tax-payer company thought to have either stored or used materials in the area.
“They weren’t reporting in the right place,” said Texas Comptroller’s Office spokesman Kevin Lyons.
Taking into account this period’s payment, Chireno still has to pay back some $29,300 in surplus revenue.
In Appleby, revenue increased this month by 7.36% from the $2,223.86 paid out in January 2018 to $2,387.70.
In Cushing, revenue was up 24.37%. January 2018 saw a payment of $3,563.95 while this month’s payment was for $4,432.58.
Garrison’s revenue was up by 14.31%, from $4,898.85 paid in January 2018 to an even $5,600 paid this month.
Only Nacogdoches saw a revenue decrease, to the tune of about 2.53%. This month’s payment from Austin totaled $526,373.22 as compared to the payment for $540,063.77 received in January 2018.
Statewide, sales tax revenue totaled $488.72 million. That represents an increase of 3.86% over the $470.57 million paid out in January 2018.