AUSTIN - Texas collected $1.85 billion in sales tax in August, up 12.7 percent compared to a year ago, state Comptroller Susan Combs announced this week.

ďWhen the stateís 2007 fiscal year ended Aug. 31, sales tax collections totaled $20.1 billion, 10.9 percent higher than in fiscal 2006,Ē Combs said.

Combs distributed $447.3 million in September sales tax payments to local governments, a 10.4 percent increase compared to September 2006.

So far this calendar year, local sales tax allocations are up 7 percent compared to the same period in 2006.

Combs sent September sales tax allocations of $302.9 million to Texas cities, up 9.1 percent compared to September 2006. Calendar year-to-date, city sales tax revenues are running 7.1 percent higher than last year.

Texas counties received September sales tax allocations of $27.3 million, up 12.1 percent compared to a year ago. Calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are 8.2 percent higher than last year.

As a whole, Ellis County received $1,438,985.71. Year to date, the countyís cities have received $14,558,655.33.

The city of Waxahachie received $725,699.92, an increase of 2.24 percent over last Septemberís $709,756.11. Year to date, the city has received $7,289,428.95, an increase of 3.41 percent over its 2006 total of $7,048,840.45.

The city of Ennis received $279,304.42, a 3.77 percent decrease from last Septemberís $290,275.88. Year to date, Ennis has received $2,951,486.06, a 5.04 percent increase over its 2006 total of $2,809,616.51.

The city of Midlothian received $254,744.12, a 19.52 percent increase over last Septemberís $213,131.29. Year to date, Midlothian has received $2,481,127.15, an 11.22 percent increase over its 2006 total of $2,230,760.96.

The city of Red Oak received $122,926.43, a 4.79 percent decrease over last Septemberís $129,114.75. Year to date, Red Oak has received $1,217,010.75, a 1.18 percent decrease from its 2006 total of $1,231,603.25.

Other Ellis County communitiesí receipts are as follows (September 2007, September 2006, percent change, year to date 2007, year to date 2006, percent change):

Alma - $3,640.51, $3,153.64, 15.43 percent increase, $34,214.86, $33,830.95, 1.13 percent increase Bardwell - $773.72, $584.63, 32.34 percent increase, $7,125.66, $7,375.02, 3.38 percent decrease Ferris - $17,536.08, $20,607.59, 14.9 percent decrease, $189,238.18, $199,706.74, 5.24 percent decrease Garrett - $298.71, $110.63, 170 percent increase, $1,765.79, $1,857.23, 4.92 percent decrease Italy - $13,438.73, $12,760.37, 5.31 percent increase, $141,524.92, $145,138.53, 2.48 percent decrease Maypearl - $2,979.10, $1,799.17, 65.58 percent increase, $36,509.05, $27,338.49, 33.54 percent increase Milford - $595.15, $308.55, 92.88 percent increase, $7,623.80, $15,392.81, 50.47 percent decrease Oak Leaf - $2,276.99, $2,800.04, 18.68 percent decrease, $18,040.30, $19,753.68, 8.67 percent decrease Ovilla - $5,286.87, $4,491.19, 17.71 percent increase, $67,883.95, $58,034.93, 16.97 percent increase Palmer - $9,246.21, $13,273.92, 30.34 percent decrease, $112,690.76, $125,191.15, 9.98 percent decrease Pecan Hill - $238.75, $257.15, 7.15 percent decrease, $2,985.15, $2,463.08, 21.19 percent increase

Septemberís sales tax allocations include local sales taxes collected in July and reported to the Comptroller in August.