Harlingen posts strong sales tax numbers, other cities fall short

HARLINGEN — State sales tax allocations for April showed a double-digit gain for Harlingen over the previous year.

Most other cities in Cameron County showed declines.

Harlingen’s sales tax allocation for April was 12.64 percent above the same month last year, and puts the city at a very positive 9.14 percent increase for the year.

Elsewhere, the strong March sales tax allocations due to Spring Break and Holy Week both occurring within the calendar month fell off sharply. In addition to Harlingen, only La Feria (up 21.08 percent) and Rio Hondo (up 2.18 percent) posted gains in Cameron County for April.

Brownsville (down 1.95 percent), San Benito (down 0.95 percent), South Padre Island (off 15.74 percent), Port Isabel (down 7.26 percent) and Los Fresnos (down 4.88 percent) posted negative numbers compared to last April.

The sales tax allocations are seen as an indicator of the health of a city’s retail economy.

Statewide, $710.4 million in local sales tax revenues were allocated back to taxing entities, 11 percent more than for April the previous year. The allocations are based on sales made in April by businesses that report tax monthly.

In Willacy County, both Raymondville (up 8.26 percent) and Lyford (up 18.02 percent) posted strong monthly tax numbers.

In Hidalgo County, a strong showing among all cities the previous month faded in April, with McAllen up just 0.46 percent (up 5.27 percent for the year) and Mercedes down 17.77 percent from the previous April (down 2.76 percent for the year).

Pharr posted a strong monthly gain of 13.65 percent for April, Edinburg was up 9.84 percent and Weslaco was up 1.83 percent.

For March, both McAllen (up 10.74 percent) and Mercedes (up 20.69 percent) posted very strong numbers but could not sustain those in the subsequent month of April.

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Cameron County

Monthly percent Annual percent

HARLINGEN Up 12.64 Up 9.14

SAN BENITO Down 0.95 Up 1.31

RIO HONDO Up 2.18 Up 3.29

LA FERIA Up 21.08 Up 9.90

S. PADRE ISL Down 15.74 Up 3.14

PORT ISABEL Down 7.26 Up 1.44

LOS FRESNOS Down 4.88 Up 7.97

BROWNSVILLE Down 1.95 Up 5.33

Willacy County

RAYMONDVILLE Up 8.26 Up 6.40

LYFORD Up 18.02 Up 10.27

Hidalgo County

MCALLEN Up 0.46 Up 5.27

MERCEDES Down 17.77 Down 2.76

EDINBURG Up 9.84 Up 6.96

PHARR Up 13.65 Up 8.74

WESLACO Up 1.83 Up 3.22

Source: Texas Comptroller’s Office; sales are from April