Sales tax rebates received in April saw a slight drop for the city of Stephenville when compared to the same month a year ago, while the city of Dublin enjoyed a nearly 20 percent jump.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced the state collected $1.7 billion in sales tax revenue in April, down 1.8 percent compared to April 2007.

“This was a slight decrease compared to the dramatic growth seen in April 2007,” Combs said. “For the eight months of fiscal 2008 to date, state sales tax collections are up 6 percent compared to the previous year.”

As expected, the slower expansion of the Texas economy in 2008 is translating into sales tax growth below the double-digit pace of the past two years.

Combs said local governments will receive $554.4 million in May sales tax allocations, up 2.2 percent compared to May 2007. So far this calendar year, sales tax allocations to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts are up 5.4 percent compared to a year ago.

Comptroller Combs sent May sales tax allocations of $377.7 million to Texas cities, up 1.4 percent compared to May 2007. Calendar year-to-date, city sales tax allocations are up 4.9 percent compared to the same period last year. Texas counties received sales tax payments of $32.4 million, up 0.8 percent compared to one year ago. Calendar year-to-date, county sales tax allocations are 5.2 percent higher than last year.

In addition, $18.6 million went to 127 special purpose taxing districts throughout the state, up 13.9 percent compared to last May. Ten local transit systems received $125.5 million in sales tax allocations, up 3.4 percent compared to a year ago.

May’s sales tax allocations to local governments represent March sales that were reported to the Comptroller in April by monthly tax filers and January, February and March sales reported to the Comptroller in April by quarterly tax filers.

Erath County will receive a net payment of $176,767.65, an increase of $7,972.08 or 4.72 percent compared to last year.

The city of Stephenville will receive $442,234.98, which is $18,912.58 or 4.1 percent less than last year. So far this year, Stephenville has received a total of $1,995,135.69 in sales tax payments, a 6.42 percent increase over the same period last year.

Dublin will receive $40,309.13, an increase of $6,224.69 or 18.26 percent compared to last year. To-date in 2008, the city of Dublin has received $136,805.57, an increase of 5.37 percent compared to the same period in 2007.

Other area cities and their payments this month: Hico - $15,989.51, down 4.39 percent from the same period last year; Granbury - $556,234.28, a 0.95 percent increase from the same period in 2007; and Glen Rose - $110,341.96, an 89.03 percent increase from the same period last year.

For details of May sales tax payments to individual cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose districts, locate the Monthly Sales and Use Tax Allocation Comparison Summary Reports on the Comptroller’s Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/allocsum/compsum.html.

The Comptroller’s next sales tax allocation will be made on Friday, June 13.