The sales tax allocation figures for July have been published by the State Comptroller’s Office.
In July, 2011, Mineola received $125,667 in sales tax proceeds from the state, compared to $105,571 in July of 2010, a monetary increase of $20,096 for the city of Mineola.
This is, no doubt, largely attributable to the delivery of beer and wine to local stores in late June and early July.
This is more money that can be spent on roads, emergency services and other necessary maintenance and upkeep of our town.
In a phone conversation with David Stevenson, Mineola City Administrator, it was confirmed that during this period the city saw no increase in alcohol-related crimes or arrests.
The state of Texas collects sales tax and distributes it back to municipalities. This process takes place over a 30-40 day period, making the September sales tax posting reflect actual taxes collected in July.