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Sales tax revenues show strong Christmas shopping season locally

The Christmas shopping season was a fairly good one for a number of area retailers, especially in the City of Cleveland where retail sales skyrocketed by 104 percent. That is evidenced by sales tax collections for November and December in the 10 incorporated cities with retail businesses across Liberty County. Sales tax dollars collected during those two months are delivered to cities in January and February for use in their budgets. According to information from the Texas Comptroller’s Office, sales tax collections for that two-month period were up a surprising 43.6 percent countywide. The major part of that increase is attributable to taxable sales in Cleveland. Taking a look at individual towns here in Liberty County, January and February payments to the City of Liberty from sales tax collections back in November and December rose 4 percent. That’s an increase for City of Liberty coffers of $21,048. It reflects a jump of $1.4 million in overall taxable sales for businesses in Liberty during November and December – that’s the traditional Christmas shopping season. Turning to Dayton, sales tax income there was up 4.43 percent for the two months combined. In real dollars, the City of Dayton’s share rose $16,715. That means businesses there had an up-tick of $1.1 million in taxable sales for the final two months of 2018 when compared to 2017. Up in Cleveland, that city’s share of tax revenue took a stunning jump of 104.3 percent or $646,145. Therefore, Cleveland businesses saw a jump in sales of $43 million for those same two months - November and December combined. Now, let’s take a look at those ten incorporated cities in Liberty County with retail businesses. Combined sales tax revenue was up about 43.6 percent countywide for a real dollar total increase in tax collections of $693,626. That means for businesses in those ten towns, taxable sales were up $46.29 million with total retail sales of approximately $153.92 million during the two-month shopping season. The ten towns of Liberty County benefiting from retail sales tax dollars are Devers, Ames, Daisetta, Hardin, Plum Grove, Kenefick, North Cleveland, Cleveland, Dayton and Liberty.

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