AUSTIN, Texas – Comptroller Susan Combs announced Wednesday the state’s sales tax revenue in January was $1.83 billion, an increase of 10.4 percent compared to January 2010.

Most cities in Ellis County will received increases in January sales tax returns over the same month last year.

“Sales tax revenues have now improved for the last ten months, reflecting increased activity in almost all major economic sectors,” Combs said. “The strongest growth was from sectors fueled by business spending, such as oil and gas activity. Tax collections from retail trade were also up.”

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

Local receipts

The city of Waxahachie received $1,165,455.10, a 5.18 percent increase over February 2010 receipts of $1,107,964.17. Year to date, Waxahachie has received $1,945,785.09, a 6.48 percent increase over 2010 receipts of $1,827,273.81.

“We are optimistic about the direction that sales tax revenues seem to be headed. We’ve had several months with positive growth and that is very encouraging,” said Paul Stevens, Waxahachie city manager. “The February returns are representative of the December collections. December is also traditionally the largest month of the year because of the holiday shopping season. That being considered, the latest collections are even more positive.”

In 2009, Waxahachie, along with many other cities, began to experience a dramatic decline in sales tax revenues. In early 2010, revenues began to look more optimistic.

“These most recent collections indicate that consumers are not only purchasing more, but that they are also shopping locally,” said community relations manager Amy Hollywood.

The city of Ennis received $369,719.84, a 4.84 percent increase over February 2010 receipts of $352,648.28. Year to date, Ennis has received $658,183.66, a 10.34 percent increase over 2010 receipts of $596,471.03.

The city of Midlothian received $324,695.09, a 9.26 percent decrease from February 2010 receipts of $357,868.79. Year to date, Midlothian has received $624,646.38, a 3.94 percent increase over 2010 receipts of $600,934.09.

The city of Red Oak received $172,638.48, a 3.31 percent increase from February 2010 receipts of $167,096.64. Year to date, Red Oak has received $303,985.49, a 5.81 percent increase over 2010 receipts of $287,269.20.

Other Ellis County cities’ receipts (February 2011, February 2010, percent change, YTD 2011, YTD 2010, percent change:

• Alma – 3,649.20, 2,918.09, up 25.05 percent, 5,809.48, 5,661.55, up 2.61percent

• Bardwell – 877.92, 969.04, down 9.40 percent, 1,373.90, 1,702.40, down 19.29 percent

• Ferris – 25,453.02, 25,018.26, up 1.73 percent, 40,674.44, 40,058.96, up 1.53 percent

• Garrett – 672.24, 2,288.02, down 70.61 percent, 2,405.32, 3,669.90, down 34.45 percent

• Italy – 26,551.79, 22,810.06, up 16.40 percent, 45,562.51, 40,878.07, up 11.45 percent

• Maypearl – 6,687.58, 9,256.77, down 27.75 percent, 12,751.97, 14,422.10, down 11.58 percent

• Milford – 1,495.08, 2,440.66, down 38.74 percent, 2,235.00, 2,923.58, down 23.55 percent

• Oak Leaf – 3,267.38, 2,033.61, up 60.66 percent, 5,821.40, 4,986.15, up 16.75 percent

• Ovilla – 25,077.13, 25,689.32, down 2.38 percent, 37,285.70, 37,181.40, up 0.28 percent

• Palmer – 20,097.03, 18,166.38, up 10.62 percent, 31,162.16, 31,658.19, down 1.56 percent

• Pecan Hill – 753.80, 314.14, up 139.95 percent, 1,059.55, 564.31, up 87.76 percent

For the county as a whole, cities received $2,147,090.68, a 2.36 percent increase over February 2010 receipts of $2,097,482.23. Year to date, cities have received $3,718,742.05, a 6.38 percent increase over 2010 receipts of $3,495,654.74.

Statewide

Combs will send $654.8 million in local sales tax to Texas cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, up 5.9 percent compared to sales tax distributions to local governments in February 2010.

The comptroller will send $440.3 million in sales tax to Texas cities, up 5.4 percent compared to February 2010 payments. Texas counties will receive February sales tax payments of $39.7 million, up 13.1 percent compared to last February.

The 175 special purpose taxing districts around the state will get $28.6 million in sales tax, up 16.1 percent compared to February 2010. Ten local transit systems will receive $146 million in February sales tax payments, up 3.8 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 website at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.

The comptroller’s March sales tax allocation will be made Friday, March 11.