Harlingen posts another double-digit monthly sales tax gain
By RICK KELLEY
HARLINGEN — The City of Harlingen continued its strong retail sales showing of the past two years, posting a 10.09 percent increase in sales tax allocations compared to the prior May.
For the year, the city remains up 9.27 percent.
Elsewhere in Cameron County, San Benito posted a small gain of 1.66 percent for the month, South Padre Island was up 11.12 percent, Port Isabel showed an increase of 9.91 percent, La Feria was up 10.41 percent, Rio Hondo was down 2.18 percent, Brownsville was up 10.31 percent and Los Fresnos was down 2.29 percent.
The monthly state sales tax allocations are a rough indicator of the health of a municipality’s retail economy. Statewide, $759 million in local sales tax allocations were returned to taxing entities for July, 11.6 percent more than in July 2017. These allocations are based on sales made in May by businesses that report tax monthly.
In Hidalgo County, McAllen posted strong numbers for the month with an increase of 9.21 percent over a year ago, Pharr was up an astonishing 19.15 percent over last May, Edinburg was up 7.23 percent, Weslaco was up 2.69 percent and Mercedes posted a 2.58 percent gain over last year.
In Willacy County, Raymondville was down 22.47 percent for the month while Lyford posted an 11.23 percent gain.
For the year, Harlingen, which was up 12.64 percent in April, has posted a 9.27 percent gain over the previous year.
San Benito is up 1.36 percent for the year, Rio Hondo is up 2.53 percent, La Feria is strong at 9.97 percent, South Padre Island is up 4.48 percent, Port Isabel is up 2.72 percent, Los Fresnos is up 6.26 percent and Brownsville is up 6.00 percent.
Raymondville is up 1.17 percent for the year and Lyford is up 10.39 percent.
In Hidalgo County, McAllen has continued to show strong monthly numbers lately and is now up 5.80 percent for the year. Mercedes is down 2.17 percent, Edinburg is up 7.00 percent and Weslaco is up 3.15 percent.