For one of the few times in recent memory, the City of Early experienced a dip in its sales tax receipts.

The city’s August allocation from Texas Comptroller Susan Combs’ office, a reflection of June sales, was $112,587, a 4.1 percent decrease from August 2006’s allocation of $117,435.

“It’s happened before. It’s just been a long time,” Early City Administrator Ken Thomas said. “We’re thankful when it’s up, and when it’s down, you wonder what happened. You really don’t know.

“We’re just blessed for it to be up so much all the time.”

Year-to-date, the city ‘s allocation was $714,767, a 6.1 percent decrease from last year‘s year-to-date of $761,551.

Brownwood had a barely noticeable increase in comparing August 2007’s allocation with August 2006. The city’s August allocation was $553,854, a .16 percent increase over August 2006’s allocation of $552,947. Year-to-date, the city’s allocation of $3.85 million is a 6.1 percent increase over last year’s $3.6 million.

Bangs’ allocation for August was $7,611, a 1.8 percent increase over August 2006’s allocation of $7,472. Year-to-date in Bangs was $47,217, a 7.4 percent increase over last year‘s $43,944.

Blanket’s allocation for August was $1,667, down 2 percent from August 2006’s allocation of $1,702. Year to date was $8,895, an 8.3 percent increase over the $8,384 in 2006.

The total amount of sales tax payments to all four Brown County municipalities in August was $675,721, a .56 percent decrease from August 2006’s allocation of $679,558. Year to date county-wide allocation was $4.6 million, a 4 percent increase over the $4.4 million in 2006.