Sales tax rebates are up and down

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County officials are puzzled over the decline in sales tax revenue from the state this month. The county’s portion of sales tax money is less than half of what was received this time last year.

County Treasurer Kathy Davis said state records for sales tax collection are kept private from county officials.

“The state comptroller’s office has informed us that they cannot divulge the amounts paid by each business.” Without that information, county officials cannot pinpoint what caused the drastic decline.

Davis said the privacy rules for counties may be different than the guidelines for city sales tax information.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said state sales tax revenue in January was $2.12 billion, up 6.1 percent compared to January 2012.

State officials report growth in sales tax was led by construction, retail trade and restaurants. Oil and natural gas-related activity also continues to be strong, Combs said.