Sales tax receipts in Brown County municipalities continue to increase, according to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs’ office.

Brownwood’s sales tax allocation in May — which reflects March sales — was $542,786, a 4.3 percent increase over May 2006’s allocation of $520,407.

“That’s good, steady growth. It exceeds our projections. We’re pleased with that,” City Finance Director Walter Middleton said.

Year-to-date, the allocation totals $2.46 million, a 9.6 percent increase over 2006’s year-to-date of $2.5 million.

Early’s allocation in May was $112,408, a 6.2 percent increase over May 2006’s allocation of $105,798. Year-to-date was down once again — $456,016, an 11.3 percent reduction from 2006’s $514,446.

Early City Administrator Ken Thomas has said the year-to-date numbers are still being affected by the big payment the city received one month after officials discovered an Early business had mistakenly been paying sales tax to Brownwood. The city received an extra $93,440 in January 2006 because of the mistake.

Bangs’ allocation for May was $9,160, an 8.6 percent increase over May 2006’s allocation of $8,434.

Year to date in Bangs was $29,492, a 2.7 percent increase over 2006’s allocation of $28,699.

Blanket’s allocation for May was $2,011, a 3.5 percent increase over May 2006’s allocation of $1,941. Year to date was $5,795, an 11.5 percent increase over $5,195 in 2006.

The total amount of sales tax payments to all four Brown County municipalities in May was $666,365, a 4.7 percent percent increase over May 2006’s allocation of $636,581. Year to date county-wide allocation was $ 2.95 million, a 5.7 percent increase over the $2.8 million in 2006.