Texas saw its sales tax collections rise in September, with revenue of $2.01 billion, an increase of 2.7 percent over the same month last year, the state comptroller’s office said Wednesday.
September 42nd consecutive month in which sales tax revenue has increased, according to data from the comptroller’s office. Sales tax collection was up 2.1 percent in August, 7.3 percent in July and 9.1 percent in June.
Sales tax is a key source of revenue for state government, as it is used to pay for a number of services, from schools to prisons.
“State sales tax revenue collections continued to grow at a moderate pace,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said in a news release. “Growth was led by collections from the construction, telecommunications and retail sectors.
The sales tax figures represent mostly sales made in August. The sales tax was collected in September, and is distributed in October.
The comptroller’s office said it will distribute $579.8 million this month in allocations to cities, counties, transit systems and taxing districts, a 5.2 percent increase over October 2012.
Austin saw its sales tax allocation rise to $13.64 million, a 4.25 percent increase over the same month last year, according to comptroller’s office data. For the year to date, the city’s allocation is $138.85 million, up 5.7 percent over the same period in 2012.
Round Rock’s allocation rose 5.3 percent to $5.15 million. The year-to-date allocation is up 6.15 percent over the same period last year .
In some other Central Texas cities, monthly allocations rose for Leander (11.2 percent), Georgetown (8.6 percent), San Marcos (7.3 percent), Pflugerville (7.2 percent), Sunset Valley (6.8 percent), Buda (5.07 percent), West Lake Hills (4.02 percent) Bee Cave (3.9 percent), Kyle (0.81 percent) and Lakeway (0.6 percent).