Texas state sales tax reimbursement to city of Harlingen up 9.49 percent

HARLINGEN — Texas state sales tax reimbursements to the city of Harlingen for April were up a healthy 9.49 percent over the previous year, the Texas Comptroller’s Office reported yesterday.

The city received $1.8 million in sales tax revenue for the month, compared to $1.6 million one year ago.

To date in 2016, Harlingen sales tax revenues total $7.3 million.

Sales tax revenue reimbursements to Texas cities are an indicator of the health of a local economy.

Elsewhere in Cameron County, Brownsville received a 4.03 percent boost from April 2015, receiving $2.8 million in sales tax revenue from the state. Brownsville is up 2.87 percent this year ($12.3 million) over the same period in 2015.

San Benito’s revenues were up 6.08 percent and that city received $$350,000 in sales tax revenue for April.

South Padre Island showed an 8.46 percent gain, receiving $183,245 in sales taxes, and Port Isabel was up 25.85 percent and received $156,133.

Elsewhere, Combes revenues were up 14.75 percent and the city received $11,597; La Feria was up 8.48 percent ($96,683); Laguna Vista was up 4.58 percent ($12,555); Los Fresnos saw its sales tax revenues increase by 38.69 percent ($99,279); Los Indios saw its percentage of sales tax revenue drop 16.29 percent.

Palm Valley saw an increase of 3.03 percent ($4,111); Primera was up 24.55 percent ($10,368); Rancho Viejo was up 3.03 percent ($5,543); Rio Hondo was up 55.69 percent ($21,325); and Santa Rosa saw an increase of 131.02 percent ($11,455).

In Willacy County, Raymondville saw its sales tax revenue for April fall by 4.37 percent ($103,695), and Lyford saw an increase of 21.82 percent ($10,540).

In Hidalgo County, McAllen saw its sales tax revenue fall by 1.50 percent ($4.5 million), Mercedes saw an increase of 2.11 percent ($474,997), and Weslaco was down 2.91 percent ($929,872).