HARLINGEN — Harlingen’s retail sector continued its high-flying ways for the month of August, with state sales tax allocations showing an 8.33 percent increase over the previous year.
Elsewhere in Cameron County, Brownsville reversed a months-long trend with a robust 6.69 percent gain over last August, San Benito was up 4.86 percent and Rio Hondo was up 25.77 percent.
On the negative side, South Padre Island’s string of strong monthly sales tax allocation numbers over the past few months tumbled to a minus-7.67 percent for the month, Los Fresnos was down 1.64 percent and La Feria was off 0.70 percent.
Monthly sales tax allocations from the Texas State Comptroller’s Office are seen by many as an indicator of the health of a municipality’s retail sector.
For the year, Harlingen is up 5.09 percent, San Benito is up 4.08 percent and South Padre Island is up 5.95 percent.
In Willacy County, Raymondville posted a remarkable increase of 74.09 percent for the month of August and is now up 1.06 percent for the year. Lyford was down 6.17 percent for the month, but is up 1.95 percent for the year.
In Hidalgo County, McAllen was off 1.00 percent for the month after posting quite a strong July (up 4.75 percent). The city is down 2.94 percent for the year.
Both Weslaco and Pharr posted strong months, with Weslaco up 3.42 percent and Pharr up 4.33 percent over the previous August. Both Weslaco (2.31 percent) and Pharr (1.05 percent) are up for the year.
Mercedes continued to slump in the August sales tax numbers, down 8.96 percent monthly and 11.92 percent for the year. Edinburg also posted a loss for the month (2.64 percent) and remains down for the year (1.40 percent).
Statewide, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts would receive $660.4 million in local sales tax allocations this month, a 1.6 percent increase over last year.
The allocations are based on sales made in August by businesses that report tax monthly.