Monthly sales tax allocations for three out of Brown County’s four municipalities fell in September in comparison to September 2008. The September allocations are a reflection of July sales.

The only city with an increase was Bangs. Its September allocation of 11,112 reflected a 12 percent increase over last September’s $9,914. Year-to-date, Bangs’ allocations total $99,696, a 5 percent increase over last year’s $94,964.

Brownwood’s allocation of $432,710 was 9.2 percent smaller than the September 2008 allocation of $476,735.

Finance Director Walter Middleton said despite the reduction, well, as usual, “things are not as bad as they may seem.”

Audit adjustments in September 2008 and September 2009 “skewed the comparison,” Middleton said. “The net payment showed a 9.2 percent drop from last year, but the actual current collections showed a drop of 6.1 percent. That’s still not good, but not as bad as the initial appearance.

“We knew we weren’t going to make projections this (fiscal) year. It was really just a matter of how much.”

September’s allocation is the final one for the 2008-’09 fiscal year, and the city is finishing its sales tax allocations 2.2 percent, or $95,500, lower than the previous fiscal year, Middleton said.

“We were afraid it was going to be worse,” he said.

Compared to budget, the city came in 3.4 percent down or $152,197, Middleton said. “I was projecting

a $150,000 shortfall a while back so I hit it pretty close and we are prepared for that,” he said.

Early’s allocation for September was $88,486, a 13.5 percent decrease from last September’s $97,723. Year-to-date, the total is $810,688, a 1.6 percent drop from last year’s $824,218.

“I don’t see a trend at this time,” City Administrator Ken Thomas said, noting that the city is fortunate not to be struggling as some other cities are.

For Bangs, the September allocation was $11,112, a 12 percent increase over last August’s $9,914. Year-to-date, this year’s allocations total $99,696 a 5 percent increase over last year’s $94,964.

Blanket’s September allocation of $750 reflected a 38 percent decrease from last September’s $1,208. Year-to-date allocations total $11,066, a 7.2 percent increase over last year’s $10,322.

The total allocation for all four municipalities in September was $529,059, a 9.6 percent decrease from last September’s $585,582. Year-to-date, the allocations total $5.2 million, a 2.6 percent decrease from last year’s $5.34 million.