AUSTIN — The state collected $1.92 billion in sales tax revenue in January, up 3.9 percent compared to January 2008.

“Growth in state sales tax collections remains modest,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. “While overall growth has continued for the first five months of fiscal 2009, collections from important sectors such as retail trade and construction have decreased.”

Combs sent $665.5 million in local sales tax to Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, up 3.9 percent compared to sales tax distributions to local governments in February 2008.

The city of Waxahachie received $1,134,541.30 as compared to February 2008’s receipts of $1,303,726.53, a decrease of 12.97 percent. Year to date, Waxahachie has received $1,900,998.18, as compared to last year’s year-to-date receipts of $2,072,389.13, a decrease of 8.27 percent.

The city of Ennis received $365,769.72, an 11.62 percent decrease from February 2008 receipts of $413,865.89. Year to date, Ennis has received 625,300.99, a 13.04 percent decrease from 2008 payments of $719,106.66.

The city of Midlothian received $432,979.06, a 23.39 percent increase from February 2008 receipts of $350,889.78. Year to date, Midlothian has received $757,533.68, a 25.93 percent increase from 2008 payments of $601,508.91.

The city of Red Oak received $169,149.40, a 3.52 percent increase from February 2008 receipts of $163,386.51. Year to date, Red Oak has received $295,167.05, a 1.55 percent increase from 2008 payments of $290,643.85.

Other municipalities’ payments (February 2009 receipts, February 2008 receipts, percent difference, year to date 2009, year to date 2008, percent difference):

• Alma – $4,366.50; $6,003.02; 27.26 percent decrease; $7,341.51; $11,668.85; $37.08 percent decrease

• Bardwell – $1,088.13; $1,083.68; 0.41 percent increase; $1,678.28; $1,808.19; 7.18 percent decrease

• Ferris – $26,161.98; $32,773.54; 20.17 percent decrease; $46,181.81; $49,318.80; 6.36 percent decrease

• Garrett – $414.34; $1,699.72; 75.62 percent decrease; $3,321.07; $3,366.06; $1.33 percent decrease

• Italy – $32,067.51; $26,414.15; 21.4 percent increase; $50,852.01; $45,552.65; 11.63 percent increase

• Maypearl – $7,744.07; $9,033.92; 14.27 percent decrease; $13,317.27; $13,779.05; 3.35 percent decrease

• Milford – $1,730.43; $1,651.73; 4.76 percent increase; $2,204.15; $2074; 6.27 percent increase

• Oak Leaf – $2,518.40; $2,390.53; 5.34 percent increase; $4,320.46; $4,385.50; 1.48 percent decrease

• Ovilla – $23,854.02; $13,198.83; 80.72 percent increase; $34,345.52; $17,188.14; 99.82 percent increase

• Palmer – $16,724.78; $17,365.44; 3.68 percent decrease; $28,558.25; $27,751.90; $2.9 percent increase

• Pecan Hill – $333.35; $452.21; 26.28 percent decrease; $574.27; $643.50; $10.75 percent decrease

As a whole, Ellis County municipalities received $2,219,442.99 in February, a 5.31 percent decrease from February 2008 receipts of $2,343,935.48. Year to date, Ellis County municipalities have received $3,771.694.50, a 2.31 percent decrease from 2008 receipts of $3,861,185.19.

January state sales tax collections and February’s local sales tax allocations represent sales made in December, but also include earlier sales by businesses that report sales tax to the comptroller on a quarterly or annual basis.

The comptroller sent $445.2 million in sales tax to Texas cities, up 2.5 percent compared to February 2008 payments. Texas counties received February sales tax payments of $41.4 million, up 9.9 percent compared to last February.

The 148 special purpose taxing districts around the state received $26.7 million in sales tax, up 24 percent compared to February 2008. Ten local transit systems received $152.1 million in February sales tax payments, up 3.3 percent compared to a year ago.

For details of February sales tax payments 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.

The comptroller’s next local sales tax allocation will be made Friday, March 13.