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City posts strong numbers for 2021

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The Texas State Comptroller’s Office delivered its final sales tax revenue collection report of the year last week, indicating that four out of seven local cities had shown gains when comparing December 2021 totals against December 2020 totals.

The City of Canton finished with the largest positive dollar change locally, receiving a payment that was $39,306.51 higher than the $359,849.70 payment than the city received last year at the same time.

Edgewood finished with the largest percentage gain and second largest dollar change for the month among county cities, with collections climbing 24.43 percent or $7,049.26 up to $35,901.01 in December 2021.

Grand Saline, which saw collections increase 8.66 percent in November, closed the year with another flourish as collections increased 1.67 percent from $55,285.54 up to $56,211.06.

Fruitvale rounded up the list of local gainers with collections increasing $148.17 when comparing December 2021 against December 2020.

The City of Van narrowly missed out on posting sales tax revenue gains with collections dipping just $536.93 when comparing December 2021 totals against those from the same calendar month the previous year.

Wills Point, which had posted gains in both October and November, saw collection totals dip 5.03 percent down to $127,560.43 for the month of December.

Edom also wound up showing a narrow drop with their sales tax revenue payment decreasing by a county-worst 14.52 percent down to $1,646.60.

Comptroller Glenn Hegar noted in his monthly press release addressing statewide revenues that his office would be, “sending cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $936 million in local sales tax allocations for December, 18.4 percent more than in December 2020. These allocations are based on sales made in October by businesses that report tax monthly.”

Yearly collection totals

Despite the mixed results for the month of December, the overall outlook of the county was positive across the board with all seven local cities showing gains for the year. Combined, county cities combined to post gains of $997,820.78 in 2021.

A further breakdown showed Canton up $589,511.74, Wills Point up $197,164.19, Grand Saline up $97,594.69, Edgewood up $62,075.02, Van up $40,281.10, Fruitvale up $9,528.58, and Edom up $1,665.46 for the year.