November’s sales tax numbers weren’t kind to Brown County’s four municipalities, but December’s numbers are much better.

Compared with December 2006, the sales tax allocations to the four cities are up this month, according to State Comptroller Susan Combs’ office.

December allocations represent sales in October.

With November’s allocation, all four cities saw their numbers decrease compared with November 2006.

“Our sales tax for December and year-to-date are both up from last year and that’s good news,” Brownwood Finance Director Walter Middleton said. “We are hopeful that this is the beginning of a big Christmas season for retail sales in Brownwood.”

Brownwood’s allocation for December was $428,565, a 5.5 percent increase over December 2006’s allocation of $406,177.

Year-to-date, the city has received $5.7 million, a 5.1 percent increase over 2006’s year-to-date of $5.4 million.

Early’s allocation for December was $71,550, up 13 percent over December 2006’s $63,258. Year-to-date, the allocation was $1.06 million, a 1.8 percent decrease from the 2006 year-to-date of $1.08 million.

“Hopefully, (after Christ-mas) we’ll find out that people shopped at home a lot,” Early City Administrator Ken Thomas said.

Blanket’s December allocation was $1,644, a 166 percent increase over December 2006’s $616. Year-to-date for 2007 was $13,816, a 12.6 percent increase over last year’s $12,264.

Bangs’ allocation for December was $8,368, a 51.3 percent increase over December 2006’s allocation of $5,527. Year-to-date was $73,282 this year, a 9.6 percent increase over last year’s $66,828.

December’s total allocation for all four cities was $510,128, a 7.2 percent increase over December 2006’s allocation of $475,579. Year-to-date was $6.9 million, a 4 percent increase over last year’s $6.6 million.