All four Brown County municipalities saw their sales tax receipts fall this month compared to November 2006.

“Everybody’s down,” Brownwood Finance Director Walter Middleton said.

Brownwood’s allocation from Texas Comptroller Susan Combs’ office, a reflection of September sales, was $553,863, a 1.4 percent decrease from November 2006’s allocation of $561,762.

“We’re anticipating a 4 percent increase for this (fiscal) year,” Middleton said. “I think that is probably still attainable.

“ We’ll just stay optimistic for the year. Things like this tend to be cyclical. I feel confident we’re going to end the year close to 4 percent.”

Year-to-date, the city’s allocation was $5.3 million, a 5 percent increase from last year‘s year-to-date of just over $5 million.

Early’s allocation for November was $106,362 a reduction of three-quarters of a percent from November 2006’s allocation of $107,175.

Early City Administrator Ken Thomas said he isn’t concerned about an occasional decrease.

“If it were to be that way for quite a period of time, you’d look at it,” Thomas said.

“I just think that Brown County as a whole is very fortunate to have an upswing in sales tax. A lot of communities in Texas can’t boast that.”

Year-to-date, Early’s allocation was $992,008, a 2.7 percent decrease from the 2006 year-to-date allocation of $1 million.

Bangs’ allocation for November was $7,920, a 12 percent decrease from November 2006’s allocation of $9,009. Year-to-date, Bangs’ allocation was $64,914, a 6 percent increase over last year‘s $61,300.

Blanket’s allocation for November was $1,749, a 5.4 percent decrease from November 2006’s allocation of $1,848. Year to date was $12,172, a 4.5 percent increase over the $11,647 in 2006.

The total amount of sales tax payments to all four Brown County municipalities in November was $669,984, a 1.5 percent reduction from November 2006’s allocation of $679,795.

Year to date county-wide allocation was $6.4 million, a 3.8 percent increase over the $6.1 million in 2006.