All four of Brown County's municipalities have received less money in state sales tax rebates for the first three months of 2013 compared with the same period last year.
Brownwood, however, did show an increase when comparing this month with March 2012, according to numbers released from State Comptroller Susan Combs' office.
March allocations are a reflection of January sales.
Brownwood's March allocation of $430,961 was 2.3 percent higher than last March's allocation of $421,386. Year-to-date, Brownwood's allocations total $1.5 million, a .85 percent decrease from last year's $1.51 million.
City of Brownwood Finance Director Walter Middleton noted that the city's fiscal year, at six months old, has seen three months of growth and three months of decreases in sales tax allocations.
The city is down compared to budget expectations, Middleton said, but "we still have the summer months to try to make it up. … Last year we made 102 percent of the budget during the last six months so I am still hopeful that we may get close to break-even by the end of the fiscal year.
"In the meantime, we will continue to monitor our expenses. Since fuel prices have stabilized a little over the last two loads, I am hopeful we may stay close to budget parameters city wide. If so, the expense side should be manageable."
Early's allocation of $64,103 was .77 percent lower than last March's allocation of $64,602. Year-to-date, Early's allocations total $254,145, a 2.2 percent decrease from last year's $259,829.
Blanket's March allocation of $1,083 was 49.4 percent lower than last March's $2,141. Year-to-date, Blanket's allocations total $4,947, a 12.8 percent decrease from last year's $5,627.
Bangs received $8,190 in March, an 11.1 percent decrease from last March's $9,214. Year-to-date, Bangs has received $30,658, an .87 percent decrease from last year's $30,927.
The total for all four municipalities in March was $540,340, a 1.4 percent increase from last March's total of $497,345. Year-to-date, allocations total $1.79 million, a 1.08 percent decrease from last year's $1.80 million.
Combs said sales tax revenue in February was $2.08 billion, up 3.7 percent compared to February 2012.
“Sales tax revenues continue to grow, but at a more moderate pace compared to recent months,” Combs said. “The latest increase was led by receipts from the construction and restaurant sectors. Collections from other major sectors such as oil and natural gas-related businesses and manufacturing remain at high levels.”
Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their March local sales tax allocations totaling $531.3 million, up 12.2 percent compared to March 2012.