Representatives of Brown County’s two largest cities were pleased at the growth in sales tax receipts this month.

Brownwood’s allocation from Texas Comptroller Susan Combs’ office, a reflection of August sales, was $445,747 a 6.5 percent increase from October 2006’s allocation of $418,523.

“Outstanding,” Brownwood Finance Director Walter Middleton said. “This is the first check of the new (fiscal) year. We had budgeted for 4 percent for the year, so to start the year with 6 1/2 percent feels pretty good.”

Year-to-date, the city’s allocation was $4.7 million, a 6.5 percent increase from last year‘s year-to-date of just over $4.5 million.

Early’s allocation for October was $88,617, a 20.9 percent increase over October 2006’s allocation of $73,271.

“Isn’t that wonderful? One of these days we’re going to have the whole year where we’re going to be up that much,” Early City Administrator Ken Thomas said.

Year-to-date, Early’s allocation was $885,646, a 3 percent decrease from the 2006 year-to-date allocation of $913,336.

Bangs’ allocation for October was $4,940, an 18.3 percent increase over October 2006’s allocation of $4,174. Year-to-date in Bangs was $56,993, a 9 percent increase over last year‘s $52,290.

Blanket’s allocation for October was $807, a 27.8 percent increase from October 2006’s allocation of $631. Year to date was $10,423, a 6.36 percent increase over the $9,799 in 2006.

The total amount of sales tax payments to all four Brown County municipalities in October was $540,112, an 8.7 percent increase from October 2006’s allocation of $496,601. Year to date county-wide allocation was $5.7 million, a 4.5 percent increase over the $5.5 million in 2006.