Sales tax numbers for July continue upward trend

Sales tax numbers continue to improve as the Texas economy finds its footing with the worst of the pandemic downturn apparently over.

State Controller Glenn Hegar announced the state will send $893.2 million in local sales tax allocations for the month of July to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts.

Most of these sales were made in May and reported by businesses which file taxes monthly.

In Cameron County, Brownsville led the way with a year-over-year increase of 27.01 percent for the month, followed by South Padre Island (up 14.78 percent), Harlingen (up 12.21 percent), Port Isabel (up 11.50 percent), La Feria (up 10.06 percent) and San Benito (up 1.55 percent).

Only Rio Hondo posted negative numbers for the month, down 14.74 percent.

In Willacy County, both Raymondville (down 6.09 percent) and Lyford (down 21.50 percent) posted numbers that dropped from a year ago.

In Hidalgo County, Mercedes continued to come back from its pandemic-related issues at Rio Grande Premium Outlets, posting a 69.37 percent monthly increase over a year ago.

McAllen was next, up 37.30 percent, followed by Pharr (up 16.36 percent), Mission (up 15.64 percent), Edinburg (up 15.05 percent) and Weslaco (up 12.31 percent).


City                             July 2021                     For the year

HARLINGEN              Up 12.21 percent        Up 18.06 percent

SAN BENITO             Up 1.99 percent          Up 18.32 percent

LA FERIA                  Up 10.06 percent        Up 25.87 percent

RIO HONDO             Down 14.74 percent   Up 13.06 percent

PORT ISABEL           Up 11.50 percent        Up 18.44 percent

S. PADRE ISL.          Up 14.78 percent        Up 52.02 percent

BROWNSVILLE         Up 27.01 percent        Up 20.41 percent

RAYMONDVILLE        Down 6.09 percent     Up 20.71 percent

LYFORD                   Down 21.50 percent   Down 3.24 percent

McALLEN                 Up 37.30 percent        Up 20.62 percent

EDINBURG               Up 15.05 percent        Up 16.96 percent

PHARR                      Up 16.36 percent        Up 22.07 percent

MISSION                   Up 15.64 percent        Up 29.86 percent

MERCEDES                Up 69.37 percent        Up 15.88 percent

WESLACO                  Up 12.31 percent        Up 20.93 percent

Note: These allocations are based on sales made in May by businesses that report tax monthly.

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