OC sales tax allocations fall behind 2018 levels

February sales tax allocations are normally the largest of the year for counties and municipalities and are eagerly anticipated. This year, most Orange County entities received less than February 2018 while the state average was 4.6 higher. Only Rose City showed an increase, likely due to the widespread flooding of Hurricane Harvey that left only one residence unscathed by flooding for much of the fourth quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2019.

The February rebate is typically larger because these allocations are based on sales made in December by businesses that report tax monthly; October, November and December sales by quarterly filers; and 2018 sales by businesses that report tax annually.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $953.9 million in local sales tax allocations for February, 4.6 percent more than in February 2018.


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