At least it’s not a big decline.

That was Brownwood Finance Director Walter Middleton’s take on June’s sales tax allocation, which posted a 1.7 percent decline from June 2007’s allocation from State Comptroller Susan Combs’ office.

June’s allocation reflects April sales.

Allocations the previous three months showed growth from the previous year, but not much growth — 1.9 percent in March, 2.3 percent in April and 2.5 percent in May.

“It’s going the wrong way, but it’s not going the wrong way by much,” Middleton said. “We need a trend of more than one month to say we’ve got a recession here.”

Brownwood’s June allocation was $404,776, down from June 2007’s allocation of $411,214. Year-to-date, Brownwood’s allocations have totaled $2.9 million, a .93 percent increase over 2007’s $2.88.

Early’s numbers were positive after two months of decline. June’s allocation was $74,480, a 1.7 percent increase over June 2007’s $73,211. Year-to-date, Early’s allocations have totaled $530,141, a .17 percent increase over last year’s $529,277.

For Bangs, the June allocation was $8,313, a 72 percent increase over last June’s $4,819. Year-to-date for Bangs totaled $61,064, a 78 percent increase over last year’s 34,311. The city has started collecting economic development sales taxes in recent months.

Blanket’s June allocation was $470, a 39 percent decrease from last June’s allocation of $776. Year-to-date allocations totaled $6,434, a 2 percent increase over May 2007’s allocation of $9,160.

The total allocation for all four municipalities in June was $487,512, a .51 percent decrease from last June’s $490,022. Year-to-date, the allocations totaled $3.5 million, a 1.6 percent increase over last year’s $3.4 million.