Local taxing entities are continuing to feel the sting of the economic downturn.

According to information obtained from the Office of State Comptroller Susan Combs, www.window.state.tx.us, two of the county's three taxing entities saw a decrease in sales tax rebates when compared to last month's allocations and also took a hit when compared to the same period last year.

Last month, both the city of Stephenville and Erath County saw a slight decrease when compared to June allocations.

July allocations are reflective of May sales while June rebates were derived from purchases made locally during the month of April.

In July, Stephenville was delivered a $328,611 rebate, which was down by a little more than $1,460 when compared to the payment received by the city in June. The difference is even greater when looking at the July 2009 allocation, which rang in at $335,455, or $6,845 above last month - a 2.04 percent decrease.

For the county, the decrease was even more apparent. According to the Web site, Erath was returned $124,948 in July, which is $6,492 less than the June allocation. In July 2009, the county collected $7,248 more than last month - a 5.45 percent decrease.

But the Irish Capitol of Texas saw a wee bit more of green delivered to city coffers.

Last month Dublin's net payment was $23,288, about $122 more than the June allocation and almost $1,600, or 7.37 percent more than the July 2009 rebate.

Dublin is also fairing better than Stephenville and Erath County when comparing year-to-date payments this year and last.

During the first seven months of this year, January -July, Dublin collected allocations totaling $176,259, which is just 1.18 percent less than the same seven-month period in 2009.

Stephenville has been delivered $2,458,009 in 2010, or 9.25 percent less than last year.

Erath County has been the hardest hit, with year-to-date payments ringing in at 14.13 percent less than 2009, with payments totaling $940,276.