Burleson barely continues positive trend of sales tax revenue increases
Burleson’s sales tax revenue continues to exceed expectations, although just barely.
The city received $8,959 more sales tax revenue in April than it did in the same month last year, according to figures released last week by State Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
Burleson was one of only four Johnson County cities that received an increase as Hegar sent Finance Director Rhett Clark $1,191,112, an increase of 0.75 percent more than the $1,182,153 it received in April of last year, according to Hegar’s figures.
“We’re a little disappointed,” Clark said. “However, for the year, we’re right on. I think the numbers will pick up as we get into spring, especially with home improvement. But April was a vanilla month.”
For the calendar year, Burleson has received $5,753,423 in sales tax revenue, an increase of 4 percent more than the $5.5 million it received through April of 2017, Hegar’s report indicates.
The city budgeted $17,235,000 from sales tax revenue, Clark said.
Burleson’s sales tax is 2 percent. The city receives half of that ($8,368,000 for the general fund) and the other half ($8,368,000) is shared by the Business 4A Economic Development Corporation (called Type A) and the Burleson Community Services Economic Development Corporation (called Type B).
The allocations are based on sales made in February by businesses that report tax monthly, Hegar said. The monies are collected in February, counted in March and distributed in April, he said.
County-wide, Alvarado is up 2 percent on revenue of $133,649 compared to $131,031 last April. Godley is up 17 percent on revenue of $48,076 compared to $41,223 last year. Joshua is up 15 percent on revenue of $92,927, compared to $80,723 last year, and Venus increased 10 percent on sales tax revenue of $37,971 compared to $34,200 in April of last year.
Five Johnson County cities were down. Briaroaks experienced a decrease of 26 percent ($1,044 from $1,410), Cleburne fell 12 percent on revenue of $838,106 from $954,953 last April, Grandview decreased 7 percent with revenue of $55,326 from $59,510, Keene decreased 12 percent on revenue of $53,416 from $60,630 in April of 2017, and Rio Vista is down 8 percent on revenue of $10,518 compared to $11,489 last April.
Statewide, Hegar announced he will send cities $419.4 million in local sales tax allocations for April, a 5.4 percent increase over April 2017.