Houston Sales Tax Revenues Up 14% From Last Year

The City of Houston will see an almost 14% jump in state sales tax revenues this month compared to April of 2011.

Houston will get a check for almost $40 million from State Comptroller Susan Combs’ office later this month. That’s compared to the $35 million it received last April. So far this year, overall sales tax payments from the state are up almost 12% here in Houston.

R.J. DeSilva is a spokesman for the comptroller’s office.

“This is an indication that the Texas economy is going strong. We’ve had sales tax revenue increases for 24 straight months now. A lot of that increase is led by the oil and gas industry, and other big sectors like retail and restaurants have also been doing well.”

Houston revenues are running behind those of Texas as a whole. Statewide, monthly sales tax revenue is up by almost 17% year-over-year for a total of $1.87 billion.

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Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...