Sales tax revenue collected by Houston merchants jumped about 13 percent from the same monthly period a year ago.
The total from a one-cent sales tax was $56,389, an increase of $6,274 from the same period a year ago. For the first nine months of the year, $521,404 has been collected. That’s an increase of $28,568 or about 6 percent for the year.
Retailers also collect two, quarter-cent sales tax for streets, sidewalks and utility work. Each totaled about $13,692, which was up $1,573 from a year ago. For the first three quarters of the year, $124,336 has been generated. That’s up about $5,891 from 2013.
An eighth-cent sales tax —used for debt repayment on a fire truck — totaled $6,846 for the month. In 2014, $62,043 has been collected. That’s up $2,820.