Sales tax revenue was down in Houston during the latest monthly distribution.

Sales tax revenue collected by Houston merchants dropped by about 13 percent in the first monthly distribution of the year.

The total from a one-cent sales tax was $51,067, which was down about 13 percent – or $7,881 from a year ago – from the previous period a year ago. The amount was nearly identical to 2010’s figure.

Retailers also collect two quarter-cent sales taxes for streets, sidewalks and other capital improvements, such as utilities. Each contributed $12,215, which was down $1,806 on each from a year ago.

An eighth-cent sales tax is earmarked for debt repayment on a fire truck. It netted $6,107.


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