Paris receives $557,052 for its share of March sales taxes collections

PARIS  — State sales tax revenue in March was $1.98 billion, up 5.5 percent compared to March 2012 — the 36th consecutive month that sales tax revenue has increased in Texas.

State Comptroller Susan Combs sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their April local sales tax allocations totaling $521.9 million, up 6.8 percent compared to April 2012.

State Comptroller Susan Combs

State Comptroller Susan Combs

“Sales tax revenue growth was seen in both the business and consumer sectors of the economy,” Combs said in her April report. “Collections grew in sectors such as manufacturing and retail trade.”

She sent checks totaling $343.1 million to Texas cities in April allocations – up 6.6 percent compared to the same month last year and up 6.7 percent for the first four months of 2013.

Paris’ payment of $557,051.73 was up 3.95 percent from the $535,882.43 received in April 2012.

For 2013 to date, Paris has received sales tax rebate checks totaling $2,455,754.56 – about $56,000 (2.37%) more than January-to-April of 2012.

For Lamar County, the sales tax revenue shared among the seven municipal entities of Blossom, Deport, Paris, Reno, Roxton, Sun Valley and Toco was $585,774.27 for March sales, up the same 3.95 percent that Paris experienced.

Year to date, the six cities are up 2.39 percent. They’ve received a total of $2,571,019.35 for their share of the sales tax so far in 2013, reflecting sales of December through March. That’s about $60,000 more than those same four months a year ago.

The sales tax in Paris is 8.25 percent — 6.25 percent goes to the State of Texas, 0.50 percent goes to Lamar County, and 1.50 percent goes to the City of Paris. The city sales tax is 1.25 percent in Blossom for a total sales tax of 8.00 percent, and 1.00 percent in Deport, Reno,Roxton, Sun Valley and Toco for a total sales tax of 7.75 percent.

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.