Harlingen sales continuing in right direction

HARLINGEN — The city will see a notable increase this month in the amount of sales tax revenue it will receive from the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

Harlingen will receive $1.699 million in revenue, an increase of 5.82 percent from last year’s $1.606 million.

The sales taxes received in March reflect sales in January.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is sending cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $585.6 million in local sales tax allocations for March, 0.7 percent less than March 2015.

Mayor Chris Boswell welcomed the news.

“Harlingen had a very strong sales tax increase last month and we remain in the black for the year,” he said. “I couldn’t be more pleased!”

San Benito and Raymondville also experienced significant increases in their sales tax distributions:

* San Benito is receiving $317, 352, a 5.81 percent increase from last year.

* Raymondville is receiving $139,458, a 38.76 percent increase from last year.

McAllen’s sales tax receipts decreased from last March. This month the city is receiving $4.205 million for sales made there in January. This is a 2.91 percent decrease from a year ago when McAllen received $4.331 million.

Mercedes’ monthly sales tax revenue saw a decrease. The town will receive $420,214 this month, a 3.50 percent decrease from last year.

Other cities also posted sales tax increases and decreases.

* Brownsville is receiving about $2.661 million, up 10.99 percent from last year.

* Edinburg is receiving $1.516 million, 1.947 percent more than the $1.487 million it received in March 2015.

* Weslaco posted a 1.75 percent increase and will receive $868,500. A year ago, it received about $853,497.

Tax information

Texas cities are receiving $381.2 million this month, a decrease of 0.1 percent from last year.

Counties are receiving $35.4 million, an 8.1 percent decrease from last year

Transit systems are receiving $134.0 million, a decrease of 0.03 percent from last year.

Special Purpose Taxing Districts are receiving $35.0 million, a 2.4 percent decrease from last year.

Source: Texas Comptroller’s Office