An upswing in shopping is providing a boost to El Campo’s economy, according to the latest report issued by the state comptroller’s office.

The city saw an 18.76 percent leap in sales tax receipts over last June, resulting in a $390,126 check being issued, about $62,000 more than June of last year.

“The city was very pleased with the sales tax receipts, and the continued increase of these funds. We do not attribute this to a one time increase (based on trend). Sales revenue is exceeding budget targets and is good news as we enter the FY20 budget season,” El Campo City Manager Courtney Sladek said.

The payment reflects El Campo’s 1.5 percent cut of the sales tax paid on qualifying items during the month of April.

The El Campo economy has shown gains 22 of the last 27 months. It is up 8.75 percent for the calendar year. So far in 2019, El Campo has received slightly more than $2.2 million in sales tax rebates.

Throughout 2018, El Campo sales tax rebates were up about 9 percent in comparison to 11 percent in 2017. Prior to that, sales tax rebates had fallen for several years.

Other Wharton County Reports

Wharton County’s rebate was up 14.18 percent in June. For the calendar year, the county’s rebate on a half percent of sales tax levied is down 7.84 percent from last year.

For 2018, sales taxes were up just .43 percent. The county finished 2017 up 11.6 percent from 2016.

The city of Wharton’s check jumped 17.15 percent this month, but is down 4.40 for the year. In 2018, the city’s rebates were up 6.38 percent. In 2017, the town’s rebate dropped 4.8 percent.

East Bernard’s rebate skyrocketed 36.12 percent in June, possibly as a result of a comptroller adjustment. For the calendar year, that city’s rebates are up 5.68 percent. The city’s rebates were up 20.9 percent in 2018 and were up 2.38 percent in 2017.

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