All four Brown County municipalities showed declines in their sales tax allocations from the state in December when compared with the same period last year, according to the state comptroller’s office.

    December allocations are a reflection of October sales.

    Brownwood City Finance Director Walter Middleton found some positives despite the city’s 2.97 percent decline — the sixth consecutive month for a negative number. Previous month’s declines have been larger.

    “We prefer positive (numbers) but a reduction in the downward trend is encouraging,” Middleton said.

    He said Brownwood’s reduction is not as great as the statewide average of a 14.8 percent reduction.

    “Statewide, the average is down by a bunch,” Middleton said. “For us to be down 1.97 percent compared to some of our sister communities and the statewide average is pretty darn good.”

    Brownwood’s December allocation was $399,412, compared with $407,459 in December 2008. Year-to-date, Brownwood’s allocations total $5.63 million, a 3.68 percent reduction from last year’s $5.84 million.

    Early’s allocation for December was $72,554, an uncharacteristically large decline of 16.8 percent from December 2008. Year-to-date, the total of  $1.07 million is 2 percent lower than last year’s 1.09 million.

    “I’m sure not pleased with that much of a drop. We won’t panic over it,” Early City Administrator Ken Thomas said.

    For Bangs, the December allocation was $7,785, 10.1 percent reduction over last December’s $8,661. Year-to-date, this year’s allocations total $130,106, a 3e.27 percent increase over last year’s $125,982.

    “It’s just the nature of the beast. We’re going to have ups and downs,” Mayor Martin Molotsky said. “Overall, we are up for the year.”

    Blanket’s December allocation of $809 reflected a 9.86 percent drop from last December’s $897. Year-to-date allocations total $14,698, 5.5 percent increase over last year’s $13,932.

    The total allocation for all four municipalities in December was $480,561, a 4.69 percent decrease from last December’s $504,250. Year-to-date, the allocations total $6.84 million, a 3.29 percent decrease from last year’s $7.07 million.