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Texas border sees bump in sales tax revenues despite COVID-19 travel restrictions

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McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — Despite Title 42 travel restrictions nonetheless in impact on the Southwest border, sales tax income figures for border cities and counties inside Texas elevated in August virtually border-wide and which means more cash for border communities this month, in line with new information launched by the Texas Comptroller’s workplace.

Sales tax allocations for October, that are based mostly on sales tax income from August, present cities and counties statewide will get a income enhance of about 20%. But on the border, most cities will obtain a good greater enhance due to a bump in sales taxes throughout August.

That’s encouraging information for border communities which have suffered beneath travel restrictions — imposed in March 2020 beneath the Trump administration and prolonged by the Biden administration to assist cut back the unfold of coronavirus.

From El Paso, in West Texas, to the Gulf Coast metropolis of Brownsville, border cities, on common had a 23% enhance in sales tax revenues in August, the Texas Comptroller reported this week. Some border sales tax allocations embody:

  • McAllen is getting a 23% enhance from August 2020 and can obtain $6.3 million, up from $5.2 million.
  • Laredo: A 23.4% enhance and getting $3.9 million, up from $3.2 million.
  • Brownsville: A 23% enhance and getting $3.95 million, up from $3.2 million.
  • Presidio: A 36% enhance and getting 41,066, up from $30,111.
  • Eagle Pass: A 22.8% enhance and getting $445,291, up from $362,445.
  • El Paso: A 16.5% bump and obtain $9 million, up from $7.7.
  • Roma, in Starr County: A 3.7% enhance and getting $114,134, up from $110,056.

There have been some exceptions, nonetheless.

The South Texas metropolis of Del Rio had solely a 1% enhance in sales tax income in August. However, that quantity is anticipated to enormously enhance for September sales tax figures as a result of that’s when 1000’s of regulation enforcement and federal brokers, journalists and volunteers descended upon the distant border city as a caravan of largely Haitian migrants camped beneath the worldwide bridge and introduced worldwide consideration to the town with a inhabitants of simply 35,000.