AUSTIN, Texas —Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced last week that state sales tax revenue in July was $2.2 billion, up 7.3 percent compared to July 2012.

“Texas sales tax revenue has increased for 40 consecutive months,” Combs said.  “The retail trade sector bolstered the latest growth in monthly revenue, and collections from the construction and the oil and natural gas sectors continued to show strength.”? ?Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their August local sales tax allocations totaling $671 million, up 6.2 percent compared to August 2012.

That wasn’t the case for Ellis County.    As a whole, sales tax returns for all Ellis County municipalities fell by .60 percent for spending in July over July the previous year.

Locally, the city of Waxahachie received $1,116,371.24 in August, a 12.59 percent decrease over August 2012 receipts of $1,277,230.86. Year to date, Waxahachie has received $8,205,342.49, a 1.67 percent decrease over 2012 receipts of $8,345,443.89.

Other Ellis County cities showed the city of Ennis receiving $366,492.44 in August receipts, up 9.88 percent from August 2012 receipts of $333,513.04. Year to date, Ennis has received $2,818,538.37, a 12.68 percent increase over 2012 receipts of $2,501,220.51.

The city of Midlothian received $476,412.72 in August receipts, up 20.42 percent over August 2012 receipts of $395,620.59. Year to date, Midlothian has received $3,283,576.62, a 14.08 percent increase over 2012 receipts of $2,878,088.05.  

The city of Red Oak received $258,696.84 in August receipts, a 12.28 percent increase over August 2012 receipts of $230,394.37. Year to date, Red Oak has received $1,790,322.05, a 15.66 percent increase over 2012 receipts of $1,547,854.30.   

Other municipalities’ receipts (August 2013, August 2012, percent change, year to date 2013, year to date 2012, percent change) were:

• Alma – $3,264.38, $3,432.95, down 4.91 percent, $24,302.62, $23,407.24, up 3.82 percent

• Bardwell – $731.90, $1,418.61, down 48.4 percent, $8,302.35, $9,644.29, down 13.91 percent

• Ferris – $34,259.19, $29,172.45, up 17.43 percent, $236,502.32, $201,191.68, up 17.55 percent

• Garrett – $4,490.05, $1,891.89, up 137.33 percent, $17,055.25, $11,606.83, up 46.94 percent

• Italy – $29,116.46, $33,949.54, down 14.23 percent, $195,769.45, $194,934.39, up .42 percent

• Maypearl – $11,250.52, $10,797.03, up 4.2 percent, $69,435.28, $67,676.46, up 2.59 percent  

• Milford – $1,918.26, $1,876.64, up 2.21 percent, $12,299.26, $79,718.98, up 26.54 percent

• Oak Leaf – $3,231.05, $3,360.98, down 3.86 percent, $28,136.68, $27,002.60, up 4.19 percent

• Ovilla – $31,214.38, $27,774.05, up 12.38 percent, $211,425.99, $192,766.21, up 9.68 percent

• Palmer – $19,611.97, $21,029.07, down 6.73 percent, $129,485.26, $129,160, up .25 percent

• Pecan Hill – $301.65, $320, down 5.73 percent, $3,074.65, $2,408.48, up 27.65 percent

As a whole, Ellis County municipalities brought in $2,357,363.05 for August, a .60 percent decrease over August 2012 receipts of $2,371,782.07. Year to date, receipts total $17,033,568.64, a 5.52 percent increase over 2012 receipts of $16,142,123.91.

For details of local sales tax allocations in August to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports on the Comptroller’s Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.