By MARTHA McCLAIN
Special to the PRESS
Despite fluctuations over the months in sales, communities in the Laguna Madre area have still experienced overall increases in year-to-date sales tax collections last month.
The City of Port Isabel saw a gain of 5.27 percent for the month, bringing in $197,472, up from $87,574 last April. For the year-to-date, the city is up 5.27 percent with $771,147 for the first four months of 2013, compared to $726,916 last year at this time.
The Town of Laguna Vista saw a decrease of 9.12 percent decrease in sales tax revenue, at $13,612, compared to the $14,978 collected last April. Year-to-date, the town is up 2.57 percent with total payments of $62,884, compared to $61,304 for the same period in 2012.
The City of South Padre Island took a 5.52 percent dip in April, receiving $289,849, compared to $274,677 last April. Year-to-date, however, the Town is up 5.93 percent, with sales of $830,555, compared to $784,022 for the same period in 2011.
The payments represent sales actually occurring in February and reported to the State Comptroller’s office in March.
Elsewhere in Cameron County, Combes dropped 19.59 percent for the month, with sales tax collections of $7,537, down 18.32 percent on the year, collecting $37,656 year-to-date.
Los Fresnos saw a 0.57 percent decrease in April, bringing in a payment of $58,816. They are down 2.65 on the year with a total of $233,633.
Rio Hondo was down 2.62 percent in April with their collection of $15,217. They are down 1.53 percent for the year, with sales tax collections of $72,768.
Rancho Viejo jumped 4.92 percent with a sales tax total of $6,451 for the month, making them 47.25 percent higher this year to date with $33,726.
The City of Brownsville is up 1.82 percent in April, with sales tax totals of $3,305,404. They are up 1.17 percent for the year, with a total of $14,525,977.
Harlingen saw a 2.99 percent increase, resulting in a total of $2,010,096 in the first four months of the year. Year-to-date, the city is up 1.94 percent, raising $9,076,302 in sales tax revenue.
Overall in Cameron county sales tax is up 1.95 percent with collections of $6,409,143. Year-to-date the county is up 1.95 percent with sales tax collections of $27,918,068.