AUSTIN - Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said the state collected $1.6 billion in sales tax revenue in July, up 5.3 percent compared to July 2006.

“Growth in sales tax collections eased in July, but moved ahead at a steady pace,” Combs said. “In particular, receipts from the mining, construction, manufacturing, and service sectors reflect a Texas economy resisting the cooling seen in the national economy.”

Combs sent $534.2 million in August sales tax allocations to local governments, up 5.1 percent compared to August 2006. So far this calendar year, sales tax allocations to local governments are up 6.6 percent compared to last year.

As a whole, Ellis County received $1,877,767.90, down 0.28 percent from last August’s receipts of $1,883,071.74. Year to date, the county’s cities have received $13,119,669.62, a 4.5 percent increase over last year’s $12,554,478.87.

The city of Waxahachie received $947,188.48 for the month, an increase of 0.37 percent over last year’s $943,664.10. Waxahachie has received 6,563,729.03 year to date, a 3.54 percent increase over last year’s $6,339,084.34.

The city of Ennis received $379,573.06 for the month, a decrease of 4.54 percent from last year’s $397,645.56. Year to date, Ennis has received $2,672,181.64, an increase of 6.06 percent over last year’s $2,519,340.63.

The city of Midlothian received $303,288.83, an increase of 13.17 percent over last year’s $267,993.59. Year to date, Midlothian has received $2,226,383.03, a 10.34 percent increase over last year’s $2,017.629.67.

The city of Red Oak received $161,725.61, a 7.31 percent decrease from last year’s $174,491.63. Year to date, Red Oak has received $1,094,084.32, a 0.76 percent decrease from last year’s $111,917.23.

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

Alma - $4,239.41, $4,483.16, down 5.43 percent, $30,574.35, $30,677.31, down 0.33 percent Bardwell - $1,124.95, $989.68, up 13.66 percent, $6,351.94, $6,790.39, down 6.45 percent Ferris - $22,710.76, $32,326.67, down 29.74 percent, $171,702.10, $179,099.15, down 4.13 percent Garrett - $430.39, $405.59, up 6.11 percent, $1,467.08, $1,746.60, down 16 percent Italy - $18,957.91, $19,362.72, down 2.09 percent, $128,086.19, $132,378.16, down 3.24 percent Maypearl - $4,781.20, $4,644.32, up 2.94 percent, $33,529.95, $25,539.32, up 31.28 percent Milford - $1,174.07, $1,479.95, down 20.66 percent, $7,028.65, $15,084.26, down 53.40 percent Oak Leaf - $2,243.23, $2,846.38, down 21.19 percent, $15,763.31, $16,953.64, down 7.02 percent Ovilla - $11,911.92, $13,669.88, down 12.86 percent, $62,597.08, $53,543.74, up 16.9 percent Palmer - $18,090.08, $18,791.98, down 3.73 percent, $103,444.55, $111,917.23, down 7.57 percent Pecan Hill - $328.00, $276.53, up 18.61 percent, $2,746.40, $2,205.93, up 24.5 percent

Combs sent sales tax payments of $364 million to Texas cities, up 4.1 percent compared to last August. Calendar year to date, city sales tax revenues are surpassing 2006 by 6.9 percent. Sales tax payments of $31 million went to Texas counties, 5.6 percent higher than last August. So far in calendar year 2007, county sales tax allocations are up 7.8 percent compared to last year.

In addition, $17.6 million in sales tax revenue went to 121 special purpose-taxing districts, 20.3 percent more than in August 2006. Ten local transit systems received $121.5 million, up 5.9 percent compared to a year ago.

July state sales tax revenue and August allocations to local governments represent sales taxes collected in June by businesses that report sales taxes monthly, and sales taxes collected in April, May and June by quarterly filers.

For details of August sales tax payments to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the monthly sales and use 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 sales tax allocation will be made Friday, Sept.14.