Valley sales tax numbers roar for Oct., but Harlingen lags

HARLINGEN — The City of Harlingen’s lackluster numbers in sales tax reimbursements this year continued to sag in October, the only major city in Cameron County to post negative numbers in an otherwise strong Valley showing.

Harlingen showed a drop of 2.75 percent for the month, but remained in positive numbers for the year at plus 1.27 percent.

Elsewhere double-digit increases in October over the previous year were reported by Rio Hondo (up 26.75 percent), South Padre Island (up 24.44 percent), Los Fresnos (up 22.88 percent), San Benito (up 28.83 percent), La Feria (up 16.45 percent), Port Isabel (up 15.89 percent) and Brownsville (up 6.42 percent.)

In Willacy County, Raymondville saw a drop for the month of 18.43 percent and Lyford showed another very strong month, up 48.83 percent.

The sales tax reimbursements are seen as an indicator of the health of a city’s retail sector. Statewide, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he would send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $820.5 million in local sales tax allocations for the month, 7.8 percent more than a year ago.

In Hidalgo County, several cities reversed negative numbers from September, with Edinburg leading the way at up 7.57 percent. Pharr was up 3.55 percent, Mission up 3.41 percent, Weslaco up 3.37 percent and McAllen up 3.19 percent.

The only city posting negative numbers for October in Hidalgo County was Mercedes, down 20.05 percent.

The allocations are based on sales made in October by businesses that report tax monthly.

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Monthly percent Annual percent

Cameron County

HARLINGEN Down 2.75 Up 1.27

SAN BENITO Up 22.83 Up 9.89

RIO HONDO Up 26.75 Up 27.90

LA FERIA Up 16.45 Up 5.15

S. PADRE ISL Up 24.44 Up 8.23

PORT ISABEL Up 15.89 Up 7.35

LOS FRESNOS Up 22.88 Up 14.82

BROWNSVILLE Up 6.42 Up 4.02

Willacy County

RAYMONDVILLE Down 18.43 Down 2.09

LYFORD Up 48.83 Up 49.85

Hidalgo County

MCALLEN Up 3.19 Up 8.16

MERCEDES Down 20.05 Down 0.03

EDINBURG Up 7.57 Up 12.19

PHARR Up 3.55 Up 11.14

MISSION Up 3.41 Up 7.33

WESLACO Up 3.37 Up 4.60

Source: Office of the Texas Comptroller. Allocations are based on sales made in October by businesses that report tax monthly.