Brownwood’s sales tax allocations for the fiscal year are about 1 percent below budget projections, which may require budget adjustments and could delay some purchases.
    That was the analysis of Finance Director Walter Middleton after the city received its January allocation. The $519,181 allocation is 10.6 percent lower than the January 2016 allocation.
    January allocations reflect November sales.
    The January 2017 number includes the allocations to the city and the Brownwood Municipal Development District. Businesses pay sales taxes separately to the city and MDD. When the Brownwood Economic Development Corp. existed, it received its allocation through the city.
    The January numbers are skewered by a significant audit collection in January 2016, which inflated that number and makes January 2017 look bad by comparison, Middleton said.
    Excluding the January 2016 audit collection, this month’s allocation was up slightly — by .4 percent — from last January.
    “This is encouraging because we have had decreases in five out of the last seven months,” Middleton said.
     The city will have a better idea of whether budget adjustments and purchasing delays are necessary in February, which represents Christmas sales, Middleton said.
    Early’s total allocations — which also include the Early Municipal Development District — are $106,142, a 17 percent increase over the January 2016 allocation.
    “We’re seeing some of these new businesses that have made some of their first quarterly payments, and we’re still experiencing some local economic growth,” Early City Administrator Tony Aaron said.
    In Bangs, the January allocation of 49,651 is just over 1 percent lower than the January 2016 allocation.
    Blanket’s January allocation of $1,809 is 20 percent larger than last January’s allocation of $1,501.
     Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he is sending cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $647.4 million in local sales tax allocations for January, 4.9 percent more than in January 2016.
    "The cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio continue to see significant increases in sales tax allocations," Hegar said. "The cities of Houston and Sugar Land saw noticeable decreases in sales tax allocations."