Comptroller’s office: July sales tax revenue up in West University Place, down in Bellaire

July sales tax revenue in Bellaire is down during COVID-19, while West University Place sales tax figures remain strong. (Courtesy Pexels)
July sales tax revenue in Bellaire is down during COVID-19, while West University Place sales tax figures remain strong. (Courtesy Pexels)

July sales tax revenue in Bellaire is down during COVID-19, while West University Place sales tax figures remain strong. (Courtesy Pexels)

July sales tax revenue figures released July 8 by the Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts shows that Bellaire’s sales tax revenue has slipped year over year, while West University Place's has seen an uptick.

It should be noted that July sales tax revenue allocated by the comptroller’s office comes from sales made two months earlier in local jurisdictions.

That means that the 7% decrease in revenue allocated to the city of Bellaire in July and the nearly 9% uplift sent to West University Place represents a proportional decrease and increase in revenue generated by sales tax-generating businesses.

Bellaire sales tax revenue has remained on a slight downward trend since May, while West University Place sales tax revenue rebounded after a dip in June.

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The new revenue figures come after Bellaire and West University Place saw strong January and February numbers—substantial uplifts compared to a year ago, according to the data. March and April in 2019 and 2020 saw dips in both cities, though Bellaire’s 2020 April sales tax revenue dropped by more than $30,000, at approximately $167,000, as compared to a year ago, at approximately $198,000.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


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