Another sales tax rebate, another tiny increase.
That was the story Wednesday in Waco, which received notice from State Comptroller Glenn Hegar that a refund of almost $2.84 million is on the way.
The rebate is 1.53 percent more than the one Waco received in March last year. Rebates received in March reflect sales in January reported to the Texas Comptroller’s Office in February. So far this calendar year, Waco has collected rebates totaling more than $10 million, a 1.66 percent increase over the first three months of last year, according to a press release from Hegar’s office.
Hegar distributed rebates Wednesday totaling $670.9 million to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts, an 8.3 percent jump from March of last year, according to the press release.
Cities around the state received $431.4 million, a 7.6 percent increase.
Elsewhere around Central Texas, Hewitt continued to reap the benefits of having Walmart open a supercenter at the Interstate 35 frontage road and Sun Valley Boulevard. Its March rebate totaled $167,974, a 17.94 percent increase from the $142,421 received a year earlier.
Beverly Hills, which lost an H-E-B store that moved to I-35 and South Valley Mills Drive, continues to recover nicely, having seen new retail development arrive the past two years.
Its March rebate totals $61,209, a 65.27 percent jump from the $37,035 collected a year earlier. The Comptroller’s Office did not return a call about whether the jump reflects a correction of a previous underpayment.
The city of Robinson received a $126,128 rebate, a 14.98 percent increase, while Woodway collected a rebate of $197,448, a 7.55 percent increase.
West’s $40,937 rebate reflects a 6.05 percent jump, while Lacy Lakeview’s $97,300 check represents a 21.53 percent increase.
McGregor saw its rebate slip slightly to $81,418, down 3.56 percent from last year. Lorena experienced a 10.27 percent decline, hitting $19,967.