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Harlingen sales tax numbers down fraction again

September 16, 2018

HARLINGEN — The city’s sales reimbursement for July showed a fractional decline for the second straight month, although Harlingen still has a 6.99 percent annual year-over-year growth.

In July, the city showed a 0.35 percent decline, which comes after a 0.84 percent decline the previous month.

For nearly two years, Harlingen has been posting double-digit gains in the sales tax allocations announced by the Texas Comptroller’s Office and has easily led the retail sales numbers in the Rio Grande Valley.

The sales tax allocation serves as a general indicator of the health of a municipality’s retail sector. These latest allocations are based on sales made in July by businesses that report tax monthly.

Elsewhere in Cameron County, San Benito was down 1.56 percent for the month, La Feria was up 4.11 percent, Rio Hondo was down 14.01 percent, South Padre Island was up 5.40 percent, Port Isabel was up 15.18 percent, Los Fresnos was up 2.32 percent and Brownsville posted a very strong gain of 19.14 percent.

In Willacy County, Raymondville posted a huge gain of 56.54 percent for the month while Lyford was up 12.96 percent.

In Hidalgo County, McAllen continued to show strong growth after almost two years of declining monthly sales tax numbers. For July, the city posted a gain of 9.94 percent, following a June number of plus-9.41 percent and a May showing of plus-9.21 percent.

For the year McAllen is now up 6.62 percent.

Elsewhere in Hidalgo County, Mercedes’ retail sector showed a strong month in July with a gain of 5.58 percent in June, while Edinburg was up 9.92 percent, Pharr up 12.44 percent and Weslaco up 13.71 percent.

Statewide, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $738.8 million in local sales tax allocations for July, 10.5 percent more than in July 2017.

rkelley@valleystar.com

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