AUSTIN — The recession appears to have finally hit North Texas as sales tax revenues in Parker County are trending toward negative growth.

All but three municipalities in the county are bringing in less than a year ago.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Friday announced the state collected $1.57 billion in sales tax revenue in June, down 11.2 percent compared to June 2008.

“The oil and gas, construction and retail trade sectors showed continued weakness, resulting in a sharp decrease in sales tax collections in June,” Combs said. “Contributing to the decrease was not only the weakness in these three sectors, but also the strong level of collections received from them in June 2008.”

Parker County cities received $964,000 in rebates, compared to $1.235 million in 2008.

The northern portion of the county is the hardest hit. Springtown’s sales tax check for about $24,000, is 62 percent off last June’s total of $65,000. For the year, Springtown is down 30 percent.

The I-20 corridor fared better as Weatherford, Hudson Oaks and Willow Park showed losses at 5 percent or less, and Aledo’s $23,000 rebate represented a boost over last year of almost 17 percent. Aledo, Annetta and Sanctuary are the lone pockets of sales tax growth in the county.

A 23 percent downward spin was evidenced in Weatherford’s $606,000 June check. For the year, the county seat is tracking at a relatively healthy 2.57 percent lower than 2008.

Combs sent July sales tax allocations totaling $426.7 million to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, down 8.8 percent compared to July 2008.

Combs sent July sales tax allocations of $284.3 million to Texas cities, down 8.8 percent compared to July 2008. So far this calendar year, city sales tax allocations are down 1.6 percent compared to the same time period last year. Texas counties received sales tax payments of $26 million, down 10 percent compared to last July. So far this year, sales tax allocations to counties are up 0.9 percent compared to this point in 2008.

Combs sent $16.6 million to 151 special purpose taxing districts, down 5.5 percent compared to last July. Ten local transit systems received $99.6 million in sales tax allocations, down 8.9 percent compared to a year ago.

State sales tax collections in June and local sales tax allocations in July represent sales that occurred in May.

For details of July sales tax payments to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports on the Comptroller’s Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.

The Comptroller’s next sales tax allocation will be made Friday, Aug. 14.

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