October’s statewide sales tax revenue increased by 1.6 percent year-over-year to $660.4 million, but thanks to Hurricane Harvey, several Greater Houston-area cities bucked the trend, according to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Sales tax revenue distributed in October is based on August sales made by businesses that report tax revenue monthly.
Numerous Greater Houston-area businesses closed temporarily when Harvey hit the region in late August. See how these suburbs fared:
Additionally, the city of Houston also saw its sales tax revenue decrease from $48.3 million to $46.5 million—a decrease of 4 percent—from October 2016 to October 2017.
Additional data for cities and taxing entities can be found in the comptroller’s monthly report.