Jul. 19—Sales tax numbers continue to improve as the Texas economy finds its footing with the worst of the pandemic downturn apparently over.
State Controller Glenn Hegar announced the state will send $893.2 million in local sales tax allocations for the month of July to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts.
Most of these sales were made in May and reported by businesses which file taxes monthly.
In Cameron County, Brownsville led the way with a year-over-year increase of 27.01 percent for the month, followed by South Padre Island (up 14.78 percent), Harlingen (up 12.21 percent), Port Isabel (up 11.50 percent), La Feria (up 10.06 percent) and San Benito (up 1.55 percent).
Only Rio Hondo posted negative numbers for the month, down 14.74 percent.
In Willacy County, both Raymondville (down 6.09 percent) and Lyford (down 21.50 percent) posted numbers that dropped from a year ago.
In Hidalgo County, Mercedes continued to come back from its pandemic-related issues at Rio Grande Premium Outlets, posting a 69.37 percent monthly increase over a year ago.
McAllen was next, up 37.30 percent, followed by Pharr (up 16.36 percent), Mission (up 15.64 percent), Edinburg (up 15.05 percent) and Weslaco (up 12.31 percent).
SALES TAX REVENUES BY CITY
City July 2021 For the year
HARLINGEN Up 12.21 percent Up 18.06 percent
SAN BENITO Up 1.99 percent Up 18.32 percent
LA FERIA Up 10.06 percent Up 25.87 percent
RIO HONDO Down 14.74 percent Up 13.06 percent
PORT ISABEL Up 11.50 percent Up 18.44 percent
S. PADRE ISL. Up 14.78 percent Up 52.02 percent
BROWNSVILLE Up 27.01 percent Up 20.41 percent
RAYMONDVILLE Down 6.09 percent Up 20.71 percent
LYFORD Down 21.50 percent Down 3.24 percent
McALLEN Up 37.30 percent Up 20.62 percent
EDINBURG Up 15.05 percent Up 16.96 percent
PHARR Up 16.36 percent Up 22.07 percent
MISSION Up 15.64 percent Up 29.86 percent
MERCEDES Up 69.37 percent Up 15.88 percent
WESLACO Up 12.31 percent Up 20.93 percent
Note: These allocations are based on sales made in May by businesses that report tax monthly.