Latest sales tax report shows continued upward revenue trend for many Bay Area cities

Many Bay Area cities saw slight year-over-year increases in monthly sales tax figures in March.

Sales tax reports are issued by the Texas Comptroller’s Office and are released six weeks after the itemized month end. The March figures report was released on May 13.

The April sales tax report is expected to be released in mid-June.

League City generated $3.25 million in sales tax in March. A year ago, the figure was 2.08% lower at $3.19 million.

League City has seen its monthly sales tax revenue better than the previous year for 15 consecutive months.

Three other Bay Area municipalities also saw their tax receipts exceed $1 million in March.

Webster’s $2.12 million in sales tax was just a shade behind the $2.16 million that was paid in March 2021, but it was the second time in four months the city topped the $2 million mark.

Dickinson was not far behind Webster, raising $1.83 million in sales tax funds in March. This figure was 34.2%, or $466,985, higher than the $1.37 million generated in the same month a year ago.

The $1.83 million was also the highest monthly sales tax figure since September.

Friendswood crossed the $1 million mark for the first time since December, when it received $1.14 million in sales tax receipts. This figure is not far from the $1.26 million of December 2021, which coincided with the peak of holiday purchases.

Kemah saw $458,084 hit the tills in March. While that total was 3.8% behind the $476,068 that came in during the same month in 2021, the current total was the highest since $459,050 came in in September last year.

Seabrook saw its monthly sales tax revenue top that of a year ago for the fifth time in six months in March. The $354,027 was 5.7% higher than the same month last year, when $334,841 was produced.

Clear Lake Shores did the opposite, posting a year-over-year loss for the first time in seven months.

The island city collected $219,698 in sales tax in March, down 4.1% from a year earlier when the figure was $229,064.

Nassau Bay continued to see a steady increase in its sales tax fortunes, reaching $119,939, a 20.5% increase from the $99,565 seen the same month last year.

El Lago collected $19,522 in sales taxes in March, bringing the city’s payment so far for 2022 to $89,928.

Taylor Lake Village is in a similar state, with March receipts totaling $16,275 and year-to-date check-ins at $82,833.

John DeLapp is a freelance writer. He can be contacted at texdelapp@gmail.com.


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