By JUDY SHERIDAN
State sales tax revenue in November was $2.41 billion, up 2.8 percent compared to November 2012, according to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.
“State sales tax revenue continues to grow at a moderate pace as expected,” Combs said. “Sales tax collections have increased for 44 consecutive months. Revenue from sectors such as wholesale trade, services industries and restaurants contributed to the most recent increase.”
Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their December local sales tax allocations totaling $579.6 million, up 5 percent compared to December 2012.
The sales tax figures reflect October sales reported by monthly tax filers.
In Parker County, December 2013 payments from the state were 1.8 percent higher — $1,294,316 compared with $1,271,680 in 2012.
Willow Park showed the biggest gain — a 92.5 percent increase from $52,426 to $100,920 — and Springtown the biggest loss — a 41.9 percent decrease from $134,075 to $77,942.
Aledo was up 24.3 percent with the receipt of $40,680, compared with a December 2012 payment of $32,716.
When year-to-date sales tax payments are compared with last year’s payments, Parker County as a whole is up 3.3 percent, from $15,103,405 in 2012 to $15,598,135 in 2013; with the biggest increases in Annetta North, 58.8 percent — from $14,342 to $22,779; Annetta South, 24 percent — from $11,129 to $13,804; and Annetta, 22.5 percent — from $23,986 to $29,382.
Three Parker County cities show decreases in year-to-date payments.
Springtown shows a 9 percent decrease, receiving $896,910 in 2013 versus $986,034 in 2012; followed by a 1.7 percent decrease for Cool, from $17,084 in 2012 to $16,799 in 2013; and a 0.5 percent decrease for Sanctuary, from $13,487 in 2012 to $13,416 in 2013.
Aledo’s year-to-date figures reflect a 5.4 percent increase, from $441,262 in 2012 to $464,908 in 2013.
By JUDY SHERIDAN
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Candidates have filed for city, school board elections
Filings for May 10 city and school board elections are now complete. A summary follows:
On the Aledo ISD school board incumbents David Davis, in Place 6, and Hoyt Harris, in Place 7, have both filed for re-election, each drawing one or more opponents. Farida Goderya has filed for Place 6, opposite Davis, and Riley Morrison and Debra Rogers have filed for Place 7, opposite Harris.
East Parker County Calendar of Events
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The Sunny Side
WILLOW PARK – Peppered with anecdotes from his stellar baseball career, former Texas Rangers catcher Jim Sundberg gave witness to his Christian faith and told how it changed his life before a crowd of about 200 at the recent annual Trinity Christian Academy dinner and fundraiser.
Aledo ISD approves suicide prevention program
The Aledo School Board approved the LifeLines Suicide Prevention Program in February, lining up with a recommendation from the Student Health Advisory Council, which has spent a year reviewing choices.
Aledo ISD could save up to $2 million
Expecting to save close to $2 million, Aledo ISD trustees recently voted to let district staff pull the trigger on a bank-qualified refunding of some of the district’s outstanding bonds once market conditions are optimum.
Don't feed the deer!
HUDSON OAKS — The city council recently passed an ordinance banning the feeding of deer.
Parker County Sheriff's Report Feb. 27-March 2
Burglary of a vehicle
Deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of James Street in Aledo shortly after 6 p.m. regarding the burglary of a vehicle.
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