The Shop LOCAL! movement continues to pay dividends with one of its major economic indicators showing gains yet again.

The $369,889 sales tax rebate sent from State Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s office showed a 9.26 percent gain this month in comparison to July 2019. The rebate is based on sales made in May.

East Bernard’s rebate soared 44.94 percent in July in what is likely to be a comptroller adjustment. For the calendar year, East Bernard’s rebates are up 11.41 percent. The city’s rebates were up 20.9 percent in 2018. Statewide sales tax rebates were largely steady, up .7 percent more than July 2018. Overall, $764.3 million was rebated to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts.

Wharton County’s rebates were down 1.94 percent in July. For the calendar year, the county’s rebate on a half percent of sales tax levied is down 7.03 percent from last year.

For 2018, sales taxes were up just .43 percent. The county finished 2017 up 11.6 percent from 2016.

The city of Wharton’s check fell 13.76 percent gain this month. The city is down 5.72 percent for the year. In 2018, the city’s rebates were up 6.38 percent. In 2017, the town’s rebate dropped 4.8 percent.

El Campo’s sales tax rebates stand at almost $2.6 million, up 8.83 percent.

The most recent payment reflects El Campo’s 1.5 percent cut of the sales tax paid on qualifying items during the month of April.

The El Campo economy has shown gains 23 of the last 28 months.

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