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Sales tax revenue drops 27 percent in Kilgore, comptroller reports

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LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - February sales tax revenue plummeted more than 27 percent in Kilgore compared to a year ago, according to the latest Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts monthly report.

The agency released February sales tax numbers Wednesday at its website, www.window.state.tx.us.

Kilgore collected $649,715 in tax revenue on February sales in the city, compared to $849,058 in February 2012, according to the comptroller's office. For the 2013 fiscal year that began Oct. 1, Kilgore's sales tax revenue is down 5.4 percent, or about $200,000 from FY 2012.

Longview sales tax revenue increased 2.65 percent in the month of February to $2.25 million, up from $2.19 million in February 2012, the agency says.

Smaller cities in Gregg County saw double-digit increases, led by Lakeport, which nearly doubled its February sales revenue from $3,953 in 2012, to $7,797 in 2013 - a difference of 97.2 percent. Other double-digit percentage increases were noted in Clarksville City (up 54.18 percent), White Oak (up 47.8 percent) and Warren City (up 39.3 percent).

Elsewhere in East Texas:

Tyler's sales tax revenue in February increased 0.8 percent from the same month one year ago;

Henderson's sales tax revenue in February increased 4.6 percent;

Whitehouse sales tax revenue in February increased 47.4 percent;

Lindale's sales tax revenue in February increased 5.2 percent;

Gilmer's sales tax revenue in February decreased 8.1 percent; and,

Jacksonvilles sales tax revenue in February increased 14.9 percent.

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